Jim McPherson Janay Mcfarlane Charges: Man Held In Shooting Of Teen With Obama Gun Speech Link

02/20/2013 11:30 am ET | Updated Feb 20, 2013

A 21-year-old man has been charged in the shooting death of a Chicago teen who was killed Feb. 15, just hours after her little sister attended President Obama's speech on gun violence.

In the wake of Janay McFarlane's shooting death, authorities say Jim McPherson is charged with murder, armed violence, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance, according to the Chicago Tribune.

McPherson's bond was set at $3 million Wednesday, according to ABC Chicago.

McFarlane, 18, was shot once in the head around 11:30 p.m. Friday as she was leaving a store in North Chicago; the new mom to a three-month-old boy was visting friends and family in the nearby suburb.

Police said two men followed McFarlane and her friends out of a store when one fired nine rounds — the shooter missed his target but struck McFarlane. NBC Chicago reports police said the teen had asked a pair of male friends to accompany her to the store since she didn't feel safe walking alone.

"We're doing everything we can to bring these people to justice," Rockingham said according to Fox Chicago. "This was a senseless, brutal murder and one more proof that legislation has to be passed to get guns off the street."

“She always said after Hadiya Pendleton got killed, ‘Momma that’s so sad,’” Blakely told the paper. “She was always touched by any kid that got killed. She was always touched by mothers who couldn’t be there for their babies because they were gone.”

Meanwhile, McFarlane's funeral has been set for noon on Friday, the Tribune reports.

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