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Ill. woman killed same day sister sat behind Obama

CHICAGO — An 18-year-old Chicago woman was killed the same day her sister had sat on the stage behind President Obama, listening to him push for gun control legislation.

Janay Mcfarlane was shot once in the head around 11:30 p.m. Friday in North Chicago, Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd said. Mcfarlane, a mother of a 3-month-old boy, was in the Chicago suburb visiting friends and family.

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North Chicago police said two people are being questioned in Mcfarlane’s death, but no charges have been filed.

Mcfarlane’s mother said a bullet that killed her daughter was meant for a friend.

Hours earlier, Mcfarlane’s 14-year-old sister was near Obama at Hyde Park Career Academy, where he spoke on gun violence and paid tribute to Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old honor student fatally shot last month in a South Side park. Police have said it was a case of mistaken identity, and two people have been charged.

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