Just hours after Janay McFarlane's younger sister was sitting just a couple feet away while President Barack Obama gave a speech in Chicago, Il. about the gun violence hindering the U.S., Janay McFarlane was shot and killed in Northern Chicago on Friday night.
Angela Blakely, the mother of the victim, spoke to the Sun Times about the tragedy.
"I really feel like somebody cut a part of my heart out," she said.
"I'm just really, truly just trying to process it - knowing that I'm not taking my baby home any more," Blakeley added.
MacFarlane, 18, was in North Chicago paying a visit to family and friends when a bullet meant for her friend fatally struck her.
She was shot once in the head at roughly 11:30 p.m. while in an alley in the 1300 block of Jackson Street located in the north suburb, Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd said.
The incident occurred mere hours after McFarlane's younger sister, Destini, 14, was with a group of teenagers sitting on the stage behind President Obama, as he conducted a speech to the Hyde Park Career Academy, stressing the importance of a new gun control legislation.
Obama also payed homage to 15-year-old Hayida Pendleton, the teen whose killing has been a symbol for gun control in Chicago.
"She always said after Hayida Pendleton got killed, 'Momma that's so sad. She was always touched by mothers who couldn't be there for their babies because they were gone," Blakeley said.
Destini, who is currently a freshman at Hyde Park, told Fox 32 News that the president's speech is still on her mind.
"Barack Obama said teenagers are killing each other. He was saying we need to cut down on street violence."
The North Chicago police couldn't be reached for comment.