JELANI 'JJ' Day was a college student who went missing in August 2021 and was later found dead floating in the Illinois River.

Almost three months later, a coroner has finally revealed what his cause of death was.

Who was Jelani Day?

Jelani Day was known as a 25 year old graduate student at Illinois State University, where he was working through his master's degree in speech pathologist.

He vanished on August 24 and two days later, his car was found in a wooded area miles away from where he was last seen.

It has been reported that Day wanted to become a doctor and was an avid swimmer on his high school swim team, making his cause of death even more suspicious.

What was his cause of death?

Day's body was discovered on September 4, 2021, one week after his car was found located in Peru, Illinois.

On October 25, LaSalle County Coroner Richard Ploch revealed that his cause of death was drowning, but noted that "the manner in which Mr. Day went into the Illinois River is currently unknown."

Ploch also added that there was decomposition and "no evidence of any (pre-death) injury, such as manual strangulation, an assault or altercation, sharp, blunt, or gunshot injury, infection, tumor, natural disease, congenital abnormality, or significant drug intoxication."

Following the release of the coroner's report, Day's mother, Carmen Bolden Day, disagreed, saying that the narrative is wrong.

"That is a narrative that my son did something to himself. He did not," she said, according to CNN.

"Somebody did this to him, and they are going to be held responsible for doing what they did to my son."

Just days before the report was announced, the Nu Epsilon chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity at Alabama A&M University started an online petition demanding state and federal authorities to take over the investigation from the Bloomington Police Department.

"This agency has shown the inability to handle a case of this nature," the fraternity wrote in the petition.

"Jelani is loved and represents the absolute best of our beloved fraternity; therefore, bringing those responsible for this heinous act to justice is not a request but a demand."

"The person(s) responsible for Jelani's death is now walking our community free, and we will not rest until those responsible are brought to justice," the post continued.

At this time, it remains unclear if the Department of Justice and attorney general will get involved.

What have people said about his death?

On October 9, 2021, hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the life of Jelani Day at Danville High School in Danville, Illinois.

A friend of Day's wrote a song about him which he shared at the tribute.

The lyrics include: "Whatever he wanted to do he wasn't hesitant, believes in Jesus Christ who he represents,

"Jelani Day, man, he could have been the president."

Friends and family of the late Day shared a multitude of stories about the young man.

"We cannot replace brother Jelani Day, but we will continue our eternal love for him," said one of Day's fraternity brothers.

Others have since taken to Twitter to share their condolences.

"So sad RIP Jelani Day. I sincerely hope Jelani family get justice," one user wrote.

Others have since called for the same nationwide attention that has been given to Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie.

One user said: "Now that we found Brian Laundrie go find the people responsible for Jelani Day keep the same man hunt energy and media coverage!"

Another added: "Brian Laundrie’s death was plastered all over the media but what about Jelani Day ? An innocent black man found in the Illinois river missing."

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