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Charges Filed in Shooting of Teen Whose Sister Had Attended Obama Speech

By Emily Morris | February 18, 2013 12:42pm
 Janay McFarlane, 18, was fatally shot Feb. 15, North Chicago police said.
Janay McFarlane, 18, was fatally shot Feb. 15, North Chicago police said.
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CHICAGO — North Chicago police said they were questioning two people in the shooting of a teen who was killed in the suburbs the same day her sister reportedly attended a speech in which President Barack Obama talked about gun violence in the city.

UPDATE: On Wednesday, the Sun-Times reported that Jim McPherson, 21, was charged with murder, armed violence, unlawful use of a weapon and drug possession in connection with Janay McFarlane's killing, citing a North Chicago spokesman.

McFarlane, 18, of the 8900 block of South Lowe Avenue in Auburn Gresham, was once a student at Hyde Park Academy, where Obama spoke at length about gun violence on Friday.

She was shot about 11:25 p.m. Friday in the 1300 block of Jackson Avenue in North Chicago, police said. She was reportedly walking home from a store in the suburb, according to CBS Chicago and other media reports. McFarlane was not believed to be the intended target.

CBS Chicago reported that McFarlane was a new mother who had switched to an alernative school after becoming pregant about a year ago.

North Chicago police took two people in for questioning, police said in a statement Sunday. They were being questioned by police and the Lake County State's Attorney's Office, according to the statement. 

Detectives received "valuable information" from the community that led them to the two, the statement read.

McFarlane's younger sister Destiny, a current student at the academy, reportedly attended the speech Obama gave at the South Side high school, not far from where 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was killed in January.