$3M Bond For Man Charged In Death of Chicago Teen

Janay McFarlane was shot and killed hours after her younger sister attended President Obama’s speech on Friday addressing gun violence

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    Authorities say Jim McPherson shot Janay McFarlane in the head following an argument in a nearby store. Charlie Wojciechowski reports. (Published Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013)

    The man charged in the murder of an 18-year-old Chicago woman killed Friday in suburban North Chicago was ordered held Wednesday on $3 million bond.

    Jim McPherson, 21, was charged with murder, armed violence, UUW and possession of a controlled substance in the death of Janay McFarlane, a North Chicago spokesman said. A second suspect is being held on parole visitation and could also face charges.

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    McFarlane was shot and killed while leaving a store in North Chicago, hours after her younger sister attended President Barack Obama’s speech on Friday addressing gun violence in Chicago. 

    Two men followed McFarlane and her friends out of a store, police said, and one of them fired nine rounds, missing his target and hitting McFarlane in the head. Police said McFarlane had asked two male friends to go with her to the store because she didn't feel safe walking alone.

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    McFarlane's family said she talked a lot about the death of another slain teen, Hadiya Pendleton, in the days before her sister attended Obama’s Chicago speech at Hyde Park Academy High School.

    McFarlane’s younger sister, 14-year-old Destini Warren, who attended the speech, recalled McFarlane saying she was, “excited for [Destini]” to see the president.

    Warren said the president’s speech “really connected to what was going on” and she “didn’t expect that to happen."

    Janay McFarlane