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WSPYnews.com photos by Mark Harrington.

Accusations have been directed at LaSalle County Coroner Rich Ploch over the death of 25-year-old Illinois State University student Jelani Day.

The family of Jelani Day and Operation Rainbow PUSH do not believe LaSalle County Coroner Rich Ploch, who declared that Day died by drowning in the Illinois River two months ago near Peru. 

His mother Carmen Bolden Day wants more answers.

On a police blockaded road, Jelani Day’s cousin also spoke. 

At the first protest march location, Coroner Ploch showed up behind the gathering crowd.  

Jonathan Jackson is the National Spokesperson for The Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the son of Reverend Jesse Jackson. 

In a press release, Ploch ruled Day drowned, adding that there is no specific positive test at autopsy for drowning. He stated drowning is considered a diagnosis of exclusion with supporting circumstances when a body is found in water. Ploch continued stating the examination was suboptimal based on decomposition, river predation activity, and a period of warm weather. He dismissed manual strangulation, assault, or altercation, sharp, blunt or gunshot injury. 

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