Killed same day sister sat behind Obama sounds more like a Steven Spielberg movie than reality; except Steven Spielberg wouldn’t title the movie “Killed Same Day Sister Sat Behind Obama” but more like “The Tale of Two Sisters.” Steven Spielberg would integrate two realities, two scenes in one screen shot. In the background, a black and white scene of 18-year-old Janay McFarlane being killed by a gun shot to the head, and in the foreground, a scene in color as her 14-year-old sister Destini is listening to President Obama talk about the need for gun control.
On Feb. 17, 2013, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that 18-year-old Janay McFarlane was killed only a few hours after her 14-year-old sister Destini was sitting behind President Obama listening to his talk about gun control.
Janay McFarlane lived on the 8900 block of South Lowe in Chicago. On Friday night about 11:30 p.m., Janay was found with a single gun shot to the head in an alley in the 1300 block of Jackson Street in the Lake County suburb.
Janay’s father, Joe McFarlane, believes that the crime was gang-related and that his daughter was an innocent victim. Janay was in North Chicago because she was visiting relatives and to watch her cousin perform in a dance group. According to the police, Janay was walking to a store with a man when she was fatally shot. Since the shooting of Janay is still being investigated by the police, there are not many details available. So far the police are interviewing two “persons of interest” but no charges have been filed.
However, Janay’s father says that his daughter was not in a gang but that she was working hard to graduate from an alternative school this June in order to take care of her four-month-old baby. “The father of the child had remained involved with Janay and is ‘very much close to us,’ McFarlane said.”
The same day that her 18-year-old sister Janay was killed in North Chicago, 14-year-old Destini sat behind President Obama at the Hyde Park Career Academy listening to the president speak about measures to reduce violence.
“Destini was part of a group of teens who sat on the stage behind the president as he spoke at her school, 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."
Being an innovative movie director, Steven Spielberg would not only have shown the two scenes of Janay being killed the same day that her sister Destini sat behind President Obama, but he would have also added a third cinematic layer of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton being killed.
Steven Spielberg does not produce any movies without depth, a reflection of reality, and a universal message. He would not title a movie about Janay and Destini “Killed same day sister sat behind Obama” but “The Tale of Two Sisters” because the events on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, is not only the tale of two sisters but really the tale of an unfortunately divided nation. Isn’t it supposed to be “One nation indivisible…”