Chicago Teen Gunned Down Hours After her Sister Attended Obama's Speech on Violence

4798 Hours after Janay Mcfarlane's little sister sat just feet away as President Barack Obama spoke in Chicago Friday about the violence plaguing the nation, Mcfarlane was shot to death in North Chicago, her family and authorities said Saturday.

Janay Mcfarlane, 18, was killed late Friday just hours after her younger sister was among a group of teens who were onstage as President Barack Obama gave a speech in Chicago on violence.
"I really feel like somebody cut a part of my heart out," said Mcfarlane's mother, Angela Blakely.

Mcfarlane, 18, was in North Chicago visiting friends and family. She was with a friend late Friday night when a bullet meant for a friend struck Mcfarlane, Blakely said.

Mcfarlane was shot once in the head around 11:30 p.m. in an alley in the 1300 block of Jackson Street in the far north suburb, Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd said.

North Chicago police could not be reached late Saturday.

The shooting came just hours after Mcfarlane's little sister, Destini, 14, was part of a group of teens who sat on the stage behind the president as he spoke at Hyde Park Career Academy, pushing for new gun legislation and paying homage to 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, the South Side girl whose killing made her a symbol of the cost of the violence that's plagued Chicago.

Destini, a freshman at Hyde Park, said she can't stop thinking about what the president said.


Source: Chicago Sun Times | BECKY SCHLIKERMAN - bschlikerman@suntimes.com
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