Janay McFarlane, 18, was killed in Chicago on Friday mere hours after her sister sat behind President Barack Obama during his speech about gun violence. McFarlane's younger sister, Destiny, attends Hyde Park Career Academy, which was the site for President Obama's speech. This comes less than a month after 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was killed in Chicago following her performance at the inauguration.
During his speech, President Obama stressed the need for more restrictive gun laws, focusing primarily on the wave of gun violence that has ripped through the city of Chicago:
"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.
"That's precisely why the overwhelming majority of Americans are asking for some common sense proposals to make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun," he said.
MacFarlane was due to graduate from high school in the spring. Her mother, Angela Blakely, says that she was interested in studying the culinary arts. She leaves behind a three-month-old son named Jayden.
President Obama also mentioned Pendleton during his speech, and Blakely said that her daughter also spoke about her frequently. This is yet another horrible loss to gun violence, and its impact is even stronger considering the timing.
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