18 year-old Janay Mcfarlane was shot and killed the same day her sister sat behind President Obama as he addressed the crisis of gun violence.

Mcfarlane – a mother of a 3 month-old boy – was shot in the head while visiting North Chicago to visit family and friends.

Just hours earlier, her sister was mere feet from the President as he discussed gun control and other policy ideas to combat violence.

From NewsOne:

“I really feel like somebody cut a part of my heart out,” Angela Blakely, Mcfarlane’s mother, said.

Blakely told the newspaper that Janay Mcfarlane 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 supposed to graduate from an alternative school this spring, Blakely said, and wanted to go into the culinary arts.”

Read more at NewsOne.com

Rest in Peace, Janay. Our thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones.


A senseless tragedy. So many young lives lost.

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