A 6-month-old Chicago infant baby girl was laid to rest one week after she was shot and killed while sitting on the lap of her own father, who was the intended target of rival gang members.
Hundreds of friends, family, and even strangers said goodbye to Johnylah Watkins.
A tiny white casket was removed from a hearse outside New Beginnings Church of Chicago. Onlookers wept as the mother and father 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 who was wounded during the shooting, police say, has known gang affiliation and a criminal record with 30-plus arrests and five convictions and was the target, police say. Although it is said that he is cooperating with Chicago police, there are still no suspects in custody.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Johnylah Watkins.
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