Vigil Held for 6 Month-Old Jonylah Watkins; $11,000 Reward Offered for Information on Shooter
About 200 people participated in a vigil honoring the life of Jonylah Watkins, the six-month-old baby who was shot five times during an attack against her father.
Jonylah’s father, Jonathan Watkins remains at Northwestern Memorial Hospital recovering from gunshot wounds.
He was attacked while he was changing Jonylah’s diaper. Jonylah’s mother and Jonathan’s wife, Judy Watkins spoke at the vigil:
“He loved this baby,” Judy Watkins said Tuesday afternoon from a makeshift memorial at the scene of Jonylah Watkins‘ shooting in the 6500 block of South Maryland Avenue. “When I told him this morning that she died, he was crying. He can’t believe it.”
Asked about the police assertion Tuesday that the shooting may have been gang-related, she said she didn’t know which gangs police were referring to.
Judy Watkins, 19, said she wants justice for her daughter.
“I’m looking for him,” she said of Jonylah’s killer. “When I find him, he’s going to jail.”
Judy Watkins’ mom, Mary Young, had a message for her granddaughter’s killer: “Turn yourself in.”
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Although police believe they have surveillance video of the minivan that whisked the alleged shooter away, they have not made any arrests.
New Beginnings Church of Chicago is offering an $11,000 reward for information that helps lead to the arrest of the shooter.
We will continue to update this story.