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

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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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