The worst of the worst occurred when the nation was shaken by the recent shooting death of Chicago honor student Hadiya Pendleton days after she performed at President Obama’s Inauguration. But unfortunately, that was not the end of tragedy in the windy city.
Two teenagers, Janaye McFarlane, 18, the mother of a 3-month-old baby boy, and Frances Colon, 18, preparing to graduate from Roberto Clemente High School, were both killed Friday in Chicago as President Obama spoke on gun violence in the neighborhood of Hyde Park, according to ABC. Colon is the third student from Clemente to be killed in 2013.
Frances Colon was aspiring to be an attorney one day, picking out her class ring, and getting ready for prom. But all of that was destroyed when she was caught in crossfire in Humboldt Park on Chicago’s West side. Jose Colon passed his daughter’s crime scene and didn’t know that it was his daughter laying on the ground:
“I saw a white cloth on top of body did not know that was my daughter,” Jose Colon said.
Janaye McFarlane was a new mother and her little sister was actually in attendance at the President’s speech in Hyde Park. She learned of her sister’s death after leaving the speech. Her father, Herbert McFarlane, moved into the suburbs to avoid these type of tragedies. He never expected to be a victim of this type of crime as his daughter’s life has been robbed from him:
“All this gun violence going on, you never think it would be your child,” said Herbert McFarlane. “This is the hardest thing for me in my life…I’m in Lake County to get away from violence and now it happened in Lake County where I moved to.”
The irony of the President speaking in Chicago on gun violence as these girls were killed is unfathomable. If Republicans don’t agree with the gun laws being revised, certainly they will get behind a stronger crime crackdown that includes mandatory life sentences for those who kill someone in a gun-related crime. What do you think? Watch the report.