If you tuned into any of the local newscasts last night, you probably saw the latest in the ongoing investigation of our friend Jelani's death. Let me tell you -- it wasn't any easier to watch the reports now than it was 9 months ago.
If you missed it, you can click here for WCCO's version or click here to read the Star Tribune's story (Channels 5, 9 and 11 all carried the story as well, but you know...I've gotta stay true to my WCCO roots.).
Basically the family announced a $5500 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case, and police asked for help from anybody who may know anything. The case has gone completely cold. The autopsy didn't show any signs of injury or trauma, the toxicology reports were all negative, and he didn't drown. They estimate he was placed in the water 12-20 hours after he died, but they don't know by whom or why.
Police have two people of interest (the two guys Jelani was with the night he went missing), but no evidence to convict either of them.
You can imagine how incredibly frustrating this dead end is for those of us who knew and loved him, and especially for his family. There is peace knowing that he's with Jesus, but unrest in the fact that we still have no closure, no answers, and maybe never will.
Everybody has their own theories, suspicions, and speculations, myself included. But when it comes right down to it, all we can do is sit and wait for whoever knows the truth to come forward.
Please continue to keep his family in your prayers, and pray for someone to come forward.
While I'm on the topic...we are selling T-shirts to raise money for Jelani's two beautiful children, Zion and Jelani Jr.
If you are interested in buying one or simply making a donation, click here for more info. If the link doesn't work for you, leave a comment and I will send you the info.