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Janay McFarlane, Illinois teen, killed same day sister sat behind President Obama during gun violence speech

Janay Mcfarlane CBS Chicago/Twitter

Janay McFarlane
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(CBS/AP) CHICAGO - An Illinois teen was shot and killed in North Chicago on Friday, just hours after her younger sister sat on stage behind President Barack Obama, listening to him push for gun control legislation.

Janay McFarlane, 18, was shot once in the head around 11:30 p.m. Friday, Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd told the Chicago Sun-Times. McFarlane, the mother of a 3-month-old boy, was in the Chicago suburb visiting friends and family.

Police said two people are being questioned in connection with McFarlane's death, but no charges were filed.

"I really feel like somebody cut a part of my heart out," said McFarlane's mother, Angela Blakely.

Blakely said the bullet that killed McFarlane was meant for a friend.

Hours before her shooting death, McFarlane's 14-year-old sister listened to Obama at Hyde Park Career Academy, where he spoke about gun violence and paid tribute to Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old honor student who was fatally shot last month in a South Side park.

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. Pendleton, a drum majorette, performed during Obama's inauguration earlier that month. Two people were charged in her death in what police said was a case of mistaken identity.

Blakely told the newspaper that McFarlane was affected by Pendleton's death.

"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."

Blakely said McFarlane was supposed to graduate from an alternative school this spring 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.

  • Crimesider Staff

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