President Barack Obama’s speech to the Chicago youth at Hyde Park Career Academy was followed by the death of the sister of one of the students present. Destini Warren’s sister Janay MacFarlane was fatally shot around 11:30 P.M. on February 15th on the 1300 block of Jackson Avenue in the northern suburban while visiting family and friends.
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At the time of her killing, reports state MacFarlane was walking with friends, whom one is suspected at being the original target for the bullet that killed Janay MacFarlane. On February 17th, reported that an 18 year old and 20 year old man were “considered persons of interests”
MacFarlane’s distraught mother, Angela Blakely says the 18 year old was on the path to graduating high school this spring and was going to pursue future studies inculinary arts. Blakely also says the teenage homicide victim frequently asked her about the recent homicide of 15 year old Haidya Pendleton prior to her own untimely death:
“It’s terrible, it’s terrible the only thing I can remember is my daughter telling me, ‘Mommy, it’s so sad about Hadiya. That makes no sense,’ “
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Pendleton, who was killed by stray gunfire days after performing at President Obama’s second inauguration, was a major reason for President Obama’s visit to Hyde Park Career Academy. During his speech, the President spoke on the horrendous state of violence in his hometown:
“Last year, there were 443 murders with a firearm in this city, and 65 of them were 18 and under. That’s the equivalent of a Newtown every four months.”
On Thursday (Feb. 21st), Janay’s family will hold visitation from 4 to 9 p.m. at Gatling’s Chapel. Her funeral has been scheduled for noon Friday(Feb. 22nd) at the Greater Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church. Her body will be buried at Mount Hope Cemetery.
North Chicago official claim Janay MacFralane’s death was only the second homicide for the northern suburb in the over 13 months.