A Chicago woman was killed by gunfire the same day her sister sat behind the stage on which President Obama was discussing his gun control legislation at a Chicago school, according to a Feb. 17 ABC News report.
Lake County coroner Thomas Rudd told the Chicago Sun-Times that 18-year-old Janay Mcfarlane was shot in the head on Feb. 15 around 11.30 p. m. in North Chicago. The mother of 3-month-old baby was visiting friends and family with a friend when she was shot.
According to North Chicago police, two people have been questioned in connection with Mcfarlane’s death. Mcfarlane’s mother is distraught. “I really feel like somebody cut a part of my heart out,” Angela Blakely, Mcfarlane's mother, said. Blakely said Mcfarlane was not the intended recipient of the bullet that killed her. It was reportedly meant for the friend who was with her at the time of the shooting.
It was only hours earlier that same day that Mcfarlane’s 14-year-old sister sat a few feet from the President has he outlined his plan for gun control and paid tribute to another slain Chicago young girl, Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old who was shot close to the First Family’s home in Chicago. Two people have been charged in that gang-related shooting that is being described as another case of mistaken identity.
According to Blakely, her late daughter had been 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.” Mcfarlane was on track to graduate this spring and wanted to pursue a training in culinary arts. “I'm just really, truly just trying to process it — knowing that I'm not taking my baby home anymore,” her heart-broken mother said.
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