Body found in river identified as Jelani Day, missing Illinois State University student

Relatives said it has been painful to see the disparities between the handling of Day's disappearance and that of Gabby Petito, whose death drew national attention.

9/25/2021 1:00:00 PM

Relatives say it has been painful to see the disparities between the handling of Jelani Day's disappearance and that of Gabby Petito, whose death drew national attention.

Relatives said it has been painful to see the disparities between the handling of Day's disappearance and that of Gabby Petito, whose death drew national attention.

.On Thursday, the LaSalle County coroner identified a body found floating in the Illinois River this month as that of Jelani"JJ" Day, 25, of Bloomington.Day, who is Black, was in his first semester of graduate school in the communication sciences and disorders department at Illinois State University in Normal. He was studying speech pathology.

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Day was last seen on campus Aug. 24, and his last known location was at Beyond/Hello cannabis dispensary in Bloomington, law enforcement officials said. Two days later, his car was found about an hour north in Peru, Illinois.Authorities combed the area for several days using dogs, drones and ground search and rescue teams. A cause of death has not been determined.

His family is one of several who told NBC News it has been painful to see the disparities between the cases of their loved ones andPetito's, whose disappearance and death drew national attention."I understand what [Petito's] family is going through, because we are going through that right now," Day's brother, D'Andre Day, has said. headtopics.com

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Just stop 🛑 So sad Who cares if it draws national attention as long as the issue is being investigated by authorities. People will complain about the dumbest stuff. I hope you told them that the media does not care about victims of crimes in which the perpetrator is black. Stop watching news & vote in every election. If you want to change things vote; stop watching the news programs that are still on this story. Go on advertisers FB pages to complain. I turn the channel cause I am sick of the story. Keep putting names/pics out there of missing.

Women lives matter. And Jelani is no woman. Er.. where did I go wrong.🤔 You don’t cover the other stories. You are to blame! My heart goes out to his mother and family. God bless them. Your News channel played Gabbi clips all day long, everyday for a week straight... So now you complain because of what you did?

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Coroner: Body Found In LaSalle County Is Jelani DayA body discovered 3 weeks ago near Peru, Illinois, has been identified as that of missing Illinois State University grad student Jelani Day, authorities say. The FBI is now investigating the case. (wgltnews) WGLTNews How sad. Heartfelt condolences to this young man’s family and friends. WGLTNews good WGLTNews Lol the clock is on to recover from WhiteWomenSyndrome

Illinois coroner identifies body as missing graduate student Jelani DayAn Illinois coroner has identified a body found earlier this month as missing graduate student Jelani Day, who was last seen in late August YourRacingBelle Oh no… this is just terrible. Love to his family and friends🙏 💔💔💔 Found earlier this month and identified today. Missing white woman’s family has been using nonstop MSM coverage and untold law enforcement hours.

Body Of Missing Grad Student Jelani Day Identified In IllinoisThe 25-year-old's disappearance has been highlighted as the type of case that gets less attention than those of missing white women.

Body Of Missing Grad Student Jelani Day Identified In IllinoisThe 25-year-old's disappearance has been highlighted as the type of case that gets less attention than those of missing white women. horrible 💔 My condolences to his family. Having had a family member go missing, it is excruciating. Closure helps, but again, my condolences. 🕊🕯💔 Ping realCarrickRyan

Body Of Missing Grad Student Jelani Day Identified In IllinoisThe 25-year-old's disappearance has been highlighted as the type of case that gets less attention than those of missing white women.

Graduate Student Jelani Day Confirmed Dead One Month After Being Reported Missing - E! OnlineFollowing a month-long search, authorities positively identified the remains of 25-year-old Jelani Day, who was studying speech pathology at the Illinois State University. 💔 🙏🏼 💔 Prayers for the family.