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North Chicago teen fatally shot

Janay McFarlane, 18, was shot on the street while walking with friends in North Chicago.

Jim McPherson, 21, has been charged with her death.

Investigators say there was a verbal confrontation in a liquor store between McPherson and McFarlane’s group of friends before the shooting.

After the shots were fired, witnesses helped guide police to the home where McPherson was hiding. He’s being held in jail on $3 million bond.

 

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For the first time in Lake County Friday, a street dedicated to an African American woman. She’s a murder victim who leaves behind a little boy, and, her family hopes, yet another reason to win the war on gun violence.

“It’s a great honor to my baby– it really is. But the selfish me; I want my baby.”

Angela Blakely could barely choke out the words as she remembers her little girl, Janay McFarlane, 18– a new mother and Lake County’s first murder victim of 2013.  She was shot and killed on the way home from a convenience store.

Joe McFarlane, Janay’s father, “my baby is gone– she won’t be back. But I refuse to let my baby die in vain.”

North Chicago Alderman Torrance Abrams said “It’s on the churches. It’s on the government. It’s on all of us as men just to stand up.”

The street sign, not far from the crime scene; the place where Janay was shot back in February while walking with friends; stalked by the gunman, investigators say and as is so often the case, not the intended target.

“I can deal with burying my mom, my grandmother,” Joe said, “but the hardest thing to do is to bury your child.”

She had just spoken to her mother about how deeply affected she was by the January killing of Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton.  Her sister, Destini, had just shared a stage with the president as he talked about curbing gun violence during a stop at Hyde Park Career Academy.

And as 13th Street in North Chicago becomes Janay McFarlane way, her mother still dreams that her daughter’s coming home.

“But I know I my heart that’s not the truth and I know I can’t bring her back. But I know eventually I’ll be okay. It’s just time,” she said.

21-year-old Jim McPherson is charged in Janay’s death. He’s pleaded not guilty to a count of first-degree murder.

The teenage woman who was murdered in North Chicago is remembered at a funeral service Friday.

Janay McFarlane was shot and killed on the 1300 block of Jackson Avenue on February 15th. 21 year-old Jim McPherson is charged with her death.

Investigators say there was a verbal confrontation in a liquor store between McPherson and McFarlane’s group of friends before the shooting.

After the shots were fired, witnesses helped guide police to the home where McPherson was hiding. He’s being held in jail on $3 million bond.

McFarlane was killed the day after her sister attended President Obama’s speech about gun violence at Hyde Park Academy.

McFarlane was honored at True Vine Missionary Baptist at 67th and Stewart in Chicago.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson met McFarlane’s family at the church to lend support and add to the focus on gun violence.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this report.

Visitation services are being held today for Janay McFarlane, the teenage girl shot to death in North Chicago last week.

Jim McPherson, 21, is charged with the murder and is being held on $3-million bond.

Investigators say there was an incident near a liquor store between McPherson and the people who were with McFarlane, and that led to the shooting.

On the WGN Morning News, Janay’s father said he moved his family to North Chicago to escape violence on the South Side.

He described his daughter as being very out-going.

Herb McFarlane says he would like to start an organization to speak out about gun violence and gangs.

Janay’s visitation is Friday at 4 p.m. at Gatling’s Chapel on South Halsted.

Her funeral is Friday at noon at the Tru Vine Missionary Baptist Church on South Stewart Avenue.

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Jim McPherson (left) is charged in the murder of Janay McFarlane (right).

Bond has been set at $3 million for the man charged with murdering a teenager in North Chicago.

Jim McPherson, 21, is charged with murder, armed violence and possession of a controlled substance.

Janay McFarlane was killed Friday, the same day her sister attended President Obama’s speech on gun violence on the South Side.

North Chicago police charged McPherson with murder and other crimes Tuesday night.

Another person of interest is still being held on a parole violation.

So far, he has not been charged in the McFarlane case.

Two young men may face charges today in last week’s murder of Janay McFarlane.

The South Side teenager was shot on the street while walking with friends in North Chicago last Friday.

Police say the shot may have been meant for someone else.

Funeral arrangements for Janay have been finalized. Her visitation is Thursday from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Gatling’s Chapel on S. Halsted.

Her funeral is Friday at noon at the Greater Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church at 115th and Fairfield.

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02/18/13

2 questioned in fatal shooting of woman

Two people are being questioned in the fatal shooting of a Chicago mother, who was killed Friday.

18-year-old Janay Mcfarlane was shot in the head Friday night while visiting friends in suburban North Chicago.  She was not the intended target.

From inside her Gresham home Sunday, Janay’s mother, Angela Blakley said her daughter, a high school senior was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Just a few hours before Janay’s death,  her 14-year-old sister sat behind President Obama at her high school while he talked about gun violence and the murder of Hadiya Pendelton, a death which Janay took personally.

“ It’s so sad.  She would see the parents on TV crying and be like ‘Mama, I don’t understand,’” Blakley said.  “I never in my wildest dreams thought they’d be talking to me about my own daughter being gunned down. “

Janay had a 3-month-old baby boy and talked often about going to culinary school after graduating in June and about making a difference .  It’s a difference which will now have to be carried on by others.

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