Funeral held today for Jonylah Watkins

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A funeral for 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins is being held in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood Tuesday.

She was shot and killed on the 6500 block of South Maryland on March 11.

Watkins was sitting on her father’s lap, inside a minivan, when a gunman approached and opened fire.

A single bullet entered her shoulder, injured several organs, before it exited through her lower body.

She survived emergency surgery, but she died the next morning.

Family, friends, and even strangers lined up for a visitation at Leak & Sons funeral home.

A 3-foot-6-inch casket was open, with a pink teddy bear inside.

No arrests have been made in Watkins’ murder.

Police say they believe her father, Jonathan, was targeted by a rival gang member.

The father was taken to a police station after he was released from the hospital.

“At this point we think there’s a lot more he can help us with, but he is in fact cooperating with the investigation,” said Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.

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