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Jelani Day biography: 13 things about Bloomington, Illinois man


Jelani “J.J.” Day was an African-American man from Illinois, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He lived in Bloomington, Illinois. He was originally from Danville, Illinois. (a)(b)
  2. He is Carmen Bolden-Day‘s son. (a)
  3. He is the second youngest among five siblings. He has two brothers and two sisters. (c)(d)
  4. He is 6’2″ tall and weighs 180 lbs. (e)
  5. From 2014 to 2015, he was a track and field athlete at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University in Huntsville, Alabama, USA. (f)
  6. In 2018, he graduated from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University at the top of his class with a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology. (e)
  7. Amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in 2021, he started his first semester of graduate school in the Communication, Science and Disorders Department at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. While pursuing his master’s degree in speech pathology, he lived in an off-campus apartment in Bloomington. (a)(e)
  8. He was last in touch with his family in Danville on August 23, 2021. (c)(d)
  9. On August 24, 2021, he was videotaped going into the Beyond/Hello cannabis dispensary off of Veteran’s Parkway in Bloomington. He was wearing a blue Detroit Lions baseball cap, a Jimi Hendrix band shirt and gray athletic shorts and was using a blue iPhone 12 Pro Max and driving a white 2010 Chrysler 300, which is registered in Illinois. (a)(e)
  10. He was 25 years old when he went missing on August 24, 2021. (a)
  11. On August 25, 2021, he was reported missing from his Bloomington residence. On August 26 2021, his white 2010 Chrysler 300 was found abandoned with no license plates in a wooded area  in Peru, Illinois. (a)
  12. On September 4, 2021, a body was found floating in the Illinois River. On September 23, 2021, the coroner of LaSalle County, Illinois confirmed that the body was his. The coroner said his organs had decomposed due to the length of time his body had been submerged in water. His family’s independent pathology investigation found that his jaw may have been sawed out and his brain, eyes, liver and spleen could not be found. Both autopsy reports did not give cause or manner of death. (g)(h)
  13. At his funeral on October 10, 2021, his mother said, “The journey does not stop here. I’m only getting ready to lay Jelani to rest but I can’t rest because I don’t know what happened to him.” LaSalle County coroner Richard Ploch ruled his cause of death as drowning, which his mother rejected. On October 26, 2021, she said, “Jelani was an avid simmer and an avid swimmer doesn’t drown himself. Jelani didn’t have depression or mental issues. Those are indicative of someone that had suicidal thoughts. That’s not what my son had.” (h)(i)(j)

Anyone with information about Jelani Day’s death is urged to call Bloomington Police Department dispatch at (309)-820-8888 or Detective Paul Jones at (309)-434-2548.


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  1. CORRECTION: He is the 4th child and the youngest son…. not the second youngest… he has 3 older siblings, (a older sister, 2 older brothers) and a younger sister…

    Sincerely…. his mother!


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