~RIP Baby Jonylah~
“This is another tragedy, because no child, certainly not an infant, should be a victim of gun violence.” ~Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy
As residents of Chicago’s south-side mourn the SENSELESS death of a toddler fatally gunned down, Monday — Derrick Rose is stepping forward to cover the costs of the six-month-old Jonylah Watkin’s funeral.
It’s only the right thing for the wealthy Chicago Bulls guard to do, but it really shouldn’t be this way. Little Jonylah died one day after being shot five times while her father changed her diaper in the front seat of a van parked on Chicago’s south side.
“We’re going to find who did this and make sure they are brought to justice. We’re not going to be afraid. We’re going to take back our neighborhood.” ~McCarthy
Here’s what ABC News is reporting:
“Police say the father, who had known gang affiliations, told them the killer opened fire on him while he changed the baby’s diaper.
Police believe the drive-by may have been provoked by a Facebook post. Jonylah’s mother, Judy Watkins, was previously shot while carrying the unborn Jonylah.
She was working a shift at McDonald’s when Jonylah was shot on Monday.”
Here’s what Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said about the case:
“He was obviously targeted. The infant had undergone at least five-hours of surgery before she died.”
Jonylah’s murder comes as Chicago’s murder epidemic continues to rock the city, with an estimated 500 murders committed there each year. You may recall Chi-Town’s gang turf war previously led to another notorious slaying — the shooting of 15-year-old high-school majorette Hadiya Pendleton just days after she performed during President Obama’s inauguration weekend.