Funeral for slain infant: ‘She deserved better than she got’

A tiny white casket is the latest symbol of Chicago’s gun violence problem.

In this casket lies the body of six month-old Jonylah Watkins. She was shot and killed by a bullet meant for her dad, who has alleged gang ties and a criminal history.

Her funeral was held Tuesday at New Beginnings Church at 66th and King Drive. Her father and mother, Jonathan and Judy, wore white sweatshirts covered with her pictures.

“While we thank God for her life, we also, I think all of us need to apologize to her for not doing our best to make this world a better place. She deserved better than she got,” said Rev. Marshall Hatch.

Jonylah was shot as she sat on her father’s lap inside a van in the Woodlawn neighborhood on March 11th. A gunman walked up to the vehicle near 65th and Maryland, and opened fire.

She was hit once, but the bullet injured several organs and she passed away the next day. Her father suffered two wounds, and was released from Northwestern Memorial Hospital last Thursday.

Police say he is cooperating, but could be helping a lot more.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

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13 comments

  • Sad and Disgusted

    The last sentence says it all…man up and give the police the info they are requesting!! Your baby was MURDERED. Do the right thing.

    Poor angel :*(

  • Marley from Chicago

    Its sad. If only people realize how things like this can affect an entire community. Sorry for their lost and I pray that she found peace.

  • Londa

    What does that mean he is not cooperating enough??/ Seems like he doesn't care. It should have been him in that casket not that little precious beautiful babay. He needs to be giving the police what ever information they are looking for. I bet he knows exactly who did it…..He knows who he has beef with and who may have wanted him dead. What is he doing?? Does he want retaliation himself???That is the problem and that is why this will never stop.. Some other innocent person will suffer the consequences of these idoits on the street. Maybe lock him up for not cooperating – There is something the Police can do about that.

    • Fed up

      The scumbag father needs to be charged. I hope the people of Chicago finally stand up to these gangs and start helping the police putting these animals behind bars. That is the only way the violence will subside. They need to help themselves. We can no longer do it for them.

  • Onna

    the mother should be charged too for being with a gangbanger and putting her duaghter's life in danger. Both parents should be ashamed of themselves. They can live with this the rest of their lives. Hopefully they won't bring any more innocent babies into their world.

  • Beverly

    I think the parents should be held accountable for their child's murder along with the shooter. I watch the video and it made me want to puke just looking at them (parents). Where was the grandmother when her daughter was out making a baby with a gangbanger? Why didn't she try to guide her daughter in the right directions. I am afraid this is not the end of this matter. The child's mother got shot while pregnant with this child so it's obvious she's a gangbanger or thug herself. Both parents should be in school (college) trying to get an education. If you think about this incident, this child is probably in a better place truly. _ _

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