The body was found floating in the Illinois River and became known as the Ill Illinois “University graduate student Jelani” JJ “Day, authorities said in China.
The Sun family has been asking for help for weeks since she was reported missing on August 25. They have criticized the authorities for not looking after her disappearance as Gabby Petito, a blogger who wishes she died on a trip across the country with her fiancé in another case. which pleased the world.
The Bloomington Police Department said the body of the Sun was found August 4 floating along the southern bank of the Illinois River but the only LaSalle County Coroner China showed the remains after using dental examination and DNA analysis.
The cause of death is unknown, police said, but it is still under investigation. A toxicology test is also pending.
The last day was seen on August 24 at campus at Illinois State University and at a marijuana hospital in Bloomington, a small town in central Illinois about 130 miles southwest of Chicago.
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Two days later, police found his car in a wooded area of Peru, about 60 miles north of Bloomington.
Police said they conducted a thorough search of the area with K-9 dogs, ground crews and drones for several days. His body was found floating in the Illinois River on September 4th
Every week, Sun’s family was talking, asking for help to find a 25-year-old Black student who was studying to get his Master’s degree in speech sickness.
His mother, Carmen Bolden Day, pointed out the difference between noticing her son’s disappearance compared to Petito, who is clean.
“I want them to look for my child as if they were looking for him,” she said crying in a local TV interview. “She’s not human, she’s human – and I want her to come home. I want them to give my baby the same attention, and it irritates me because this young white girl is being watched and by my little black son.” is not. “
Petito’s story and the unprecedented number of observances you have received around the world have raised thousands of absent people in all continents who remain undefeated, especially those of color.
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The article rekindled interest in what experts call “white man’s disease,” in which white women – especially young, attractive and blonde – find themselves in the media.
After her appearance, Sun’s family said on Facebook, “There are no words to express clearly our plight. … Our hearts are broken. From now on, we do not know what happened to Jelani and we will not stop until we do,” the family said.
Investigators are trying to determine if the Sun was a bad match, said John Fermon, a Bloomington police spokesman.
“In time, we will find that answer,” he said of the investigation.
Illinois State University President Terri Kinzy sent a message to Chinese students offering condolences to Sun’s friends and family, adding that the community will be planning to celebrate his life soon.
“She joined her graduation program this summer and what she did in the campus area just happened – she is remembered as a kind, intelligent and caring person,” Kinzy said in the message. “Together, we mourn his loss. His family and friends are at the forefront of our thoughts at this difficult time and we apologize profusely.”
Distribution: The Associated Press