Jelani Day Buried as Family Continues Calls for Justice After Illinois Student’s Mysterious Death

Jelani Day will be laid to rest Tuesday as questions continue after the Illinois State University grad student was found dead in the Illinois River just days after he was reported missing.

Day’s family said a burial will take place at 10 a.m. at the Springhill Cemetery in Danville.

The burial will be open to the public and Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. will also be in attendance.

In a statement, Jackson called for justice for Day, likening his death to that of Emmett Till.

“Jelani was brutally murdered in Peru, Illinois and found faced down in the Illinois River. We are requesting a thorough investigation because local officials have been very difficult to deal with. They have not been forthcoming,” Jackson said in a statement.

Though his death has not officially been ruled a homicide, authorities have noted “unusual” circumstances surrounding both his disappearance and the discovery of his body.

Day disappeared on Aug. 24 and was reported missing soon after by his family and a professor after he did not show up for class for several days. Day’s mother said it was not like him to disappear without telling someone about his whereabouts.

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