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WSPYnews.com photo by Mark Harrington.

While a multi-jurisdictional police task force continues its investigation into the death of 25-year old Jelani Day, who was declared drowned in the Illinois River by the LaSalle County Coroner office, there is new alleged evidence and not from law enforcement.

Day’s mother believes her son was murdered, citing his avid swimming, a member of his high school swim team.

But it was famed civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson who announced possible key information.

Jonathan Jackson is the National Spokesperson for The Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the son of Reverend Jesse Jackson. He told the protest march crowd in Peru this.

Jelani’s cousin spoke about those distances between evidence collection points.

Zena Day, Jelani’s sister, had this to say to WSPY News. 

These two LaSalle County residents talked about the car’s abandoned location.  

Bloomington police officer John Fermon called the car location suspicious and unusual. Authorities say they do not know how Jelani Day ended up in the Illinois River, his body discovered near Peru’s Route 251 bridge, the opposite side of an industrial complex. 

While police say they are continuing their investigation, Day’s mother wants the FBI, the Illinois Attorney General, and the federal justice department to take over the investigation. The 80-year old Reverend Jackson also called on US President Joe Biden for help.

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