Six month-old Jonylah Watkins died this morning after being shot 5 times on the South Side of Chicago.

She was having her diaper changed by her father in the passenger seat of his minivan when a gunman opened fire.

From the Huffington Post:

Jonylah had sustained wounds in her lung, liver, leg, shoulder and bowel or intestine, according to DNAinfo Chicago, and had undergone at least five hours of surgery.

This morning, the baby passed away,” the Rev. Corey Brooks, who is acting as a spokesman for the family, told the Chicago Tribune. “We have another tragedy in the city of Chicago.”

Brooks told the paper his New Beginnings Church would offer up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Jonylah’s killer.

Jonylah’s father- Jonathan Watkins – was also shot multiple times and is currently in critical condition.

Police say he has known “gang affiliations,” and that the attack may have been caused by an angry facebook post.

So far no one is in custody.


What an unbelievably tragic situation.

Our thoughts and prayers are with little Jonylah’s loved ones at this time.


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