A 6-month-old was laid to rest one week after she was killed on the lap of her own father.
Hundreds of loving friends and family said goodbye to Johnylah Watkins, a little girl they hardly got to know.
A tiny white casket was removed from a hearse outside New Beginnings Church of Chicago. Onlookers wept as the mother and father of young Jonylah followed their only child into a funeral home for a final farewell.
Inside, there were demands from the pulpit; too much violence, too many deaths. The people of Chicago for days have wanted answers. This day in particular, they want action.
They sang, they prayed, they wept and then they left. It’s a community becoming all too familiar with the routine of a funeral up in arms over the senseless bloodshed that could even take a life as vulnerable and innocent as young Jonylah’s.
Jonylah’s dad Jonathan, police say, has known gang affiliation and a criminal record with 30-plus arrests and five convictions. He was the target, police say.
There are no suspects in custody at this.