NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) — One year later, the family of Jelani Day will celebrate the memory of his life with a foundation launching in his name. The “All-White Gala” will take place on Aug. 27 on the campus of Illinois State University.
Day was an ISU graduate student studying to become a doctor. He went missing last August, and his body was ultimately found in the Illinois River.
His family and friends are still searching for answers about his death.
Day’s mother Carmen Bolden Fay feels let down by investigators.
“They volunteer to do this work: to protect and serve. They did me a disservice. They didn’t serve me. They didn’t serve my family. And now all you want to do is tell me that you made a mistake?,” said Bolden Day.
She says the mission for the foundation is to help families of color when their loved ones are missing.
“To do this in honor of my son and knowing that these solicitations are going to help someone else – cause they’re not for me- this is for me to be able to extend my hand and help other families. And that’s what I want to do,” Bolden Day said.
The foundation has a goal to raise $100,000,000. More information about the Jelani Day Foundation and how to donate is available at: www.thejelanidayfoundation.org.