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A short time later, the sister of a teenager who sat behind the President during his speech was gunned down while walking in a suburb near her father’s home miles away from the school in the Hyde Park section of Chicago’s South Side.
“I’m Lake County to get away from violence and now it happened in Lake County where I moved to,” Herbert McFarlane, father of 18-year-0ld Janay McFarlane, told WLS in Chicago.
McFarlane died in the shooting just hours after Obama spoke at the Hyde Park high school and her 14-year-0ld sister, Destini Warren sat behind the president during the speech.
“Too many of our children are being take away from us,” Obama said during the speech. It wasn’t the first time that violence in the Chicago area has followed one of his events. In January, Hadiya Pendleton, 15, performed in the President’s inauguration and died in a street shooting in Chicago shortly afterwards.
“Last year there were 443 murders with a firearm on the streets of this city, and 65 of those victims were 18 and under,” Obama said in his speech.
Jonathan Arden, who attended the speech, said the shooting of young McFarlane shows that just talking about the need to deal with the problem of growing violence isn’t enough.
“There’s a time for talk and a time for action,” Adren told Capitol Hill Blue Monday. “It’s time to shut up and take action.