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Chicago man charged in murder of 6-month-old

The Chicago Police Department announced charges in the fatal shooting of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins two months ago in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood.

Police now say 33-year-old Komen Willis was targeting Jonylah’s father Jonathan Watkins. Police say Watkins stole a video gaming system and the owner, Willis, came with a gun looking for revenge .

6-month-old Jonylah was shot on March 11th as she sat with her father in a parked minivan near the intersection of 65th Street and Maryland.

Jonylah Watkins was rushed to Northwestern Hospital where she clung to life and died the following day.

Police say both Willis and Watkins are gang members but the shooting was not gang related.

At a press conference this afternoon, Chicago police superintendent  Garry McCarthy said Watkins was slow to provide information to detectives at first. But, McCarthy credited the family’s pastor Corey Brooks for convincing Watkins to cooperate.

But in the end, the true break in the case came last week from detectives identifying witnesses to the shooting who had not previously come forward.

Willis turned himself in on Saturday and is now charged with first degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm. Police say Willis has at least 38 previous arrests.

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12 Comments to “Chicago man charged in murder of 6-month-old”

    BearArms said:
    May 27, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Death Penalty… Please.

    Soxfanlady! said:
    May 27, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Oh he will get the death penalty…it's called prison justice. Hope the other inmates have fun with this one!

    superhood2020 said:
    May 27, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    god will judge him soon

    Ollivette said:
    May 27, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    It so sad the poor little girl had to go out like
    That but her killer and her dad will hurt for the rest of there lives . But I'm surer the killer will get death p. if he don't its something wrong with the system. That was cold blooded to kill an infant hurts my
    Heart and soul, May she rest in peace.

      Alleluia said:
      July 30, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      Reality check…..i'm sure the father used that little girl to shield himself.

    YeremiYAH Ben Israyl said:
    May 27, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Why? do Brothers love to murder there own people I hate gangs they are demons for the devil all the killings around Chicago is is a crying shame

    Jim said:
    May 27, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    If you break in to someones house wtf you think will happen? If they know for sure you did it.

    DC123 said:
    May 27, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Dirtbag! May you ROT!

    Guest said:
    May 27, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    For a stolen gaming system? These people are garbage.

    davi said:
    August 11, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    he should be beat with razor blades, everyday for 2 weeks

    Daniel said:
    September 7, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Black? I'm shocked.

    bill said:
    November 23, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Sad

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