A Chicago student shot and killed just hours after President Obama’s speech on gun violence, a speech her sister attended.
Janay Mcfarlane was shot once in the head around 11:30 p.m. Friday in North Chicago, said Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd. The girl was visiting her friends and family in the Chicago suburb at that time.
Police have taken two people into custody regarding her death, but no charges have been filed yet.
Community members gave police information that led to the two people who are being question by police and the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office, according to North Chicago police. No charges have been filed as of Sunday afternoon.
“The next thing I knew I got a call and they said my baby was dead. And she was shot in the head,” said Angela Blakely, the victim’s mother.
She also said: “I really feel like somebody cut a part of my heart out.”
That was last night, and Angela Blakely’s baby was her oldest daughter Janay McFarlane gunned down as she walked home from a store in North Chicago.
Blakely said the bullet that killed McFarlane was meant for a friend. A young man she was walking with appears to have been the target, but the drive by killers instead hit Janay.
According to the Atlanta Black Star, when asked what she would say to the killers, Blakely responded, “I would say I don’t know why you killed my baby. My baby doesn’t bother anybody. She’s a friend to anybody. She’s a loving person.”
Hours earlier, McFarlane’s 14-year-old sister was feet from Obama at Hyde Park Career Academy.
President Obama visited his hometown of Chicago on Friday to pay tribute to Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old girl who died days after performing during Obama’s inauguration, the slaying happened about a mile from his Chicago home.
Police believe Pendleton, an honor student, was mistaken for someone else when she was fatally shot at South Side Park. Obama spoke at Hyde Part Career Academy to pay tribute to Pendleton’s memory as well as bring attention to the high rate of gun violence in Chicago and the country.
Pendleton’s death was one of more than 40 homicides in Chicago in January, a total that made it the deadliest January in the city in more than a decade, writes the Huff Post.
Blakely said her Mcfarlane was particularly affected by the death of Pendleton.
“She always said after Hadiya Pendleton got killed, `Momma that’s so sad,'” Blakely said. “She was always touched by any kid that got killed. She was always touched by mothers who couldn’t be there for their babies because they were gone.”
The died girl was supposed to graduate from an alternative school this spring, said her mother, and wanted to go into the culinary arts.
“I’m just really, truly just trying to process it – knowing that I’m not taking my baby home anymore,” Blakely said.
Now ironically, the young woman who empathized so much with others leaves behind her three month old son Jayden.
“Now, I gotta raise my baby without his mother. How am I going to explain that to him?,” said Blakely.