Funeral Services Set For 6-Month-Old Girl Killed In Chicago

Jonylah's funeral to be held at New Beginnings Church

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    Jonylah Watkins

    Funeral services are set for a 6-month-old girl killed in a gang-related shooting this week.

    Jonylah Watkins, wounded in five places when shots rang out Monday in Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood, will be laid to rest March 19.

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    Six-month-old Jonylah Watkins died Monday after being shot while her father, Jonathan Watkins, changed her diaper. Kim Vatis reports. (Published Wednesday, March 13, 2013)

    Her wake begins at 10 a.m. at New Beginnings Church, at 6620 S. King Dr., in Chicago. Her funeral follows at 11 a.m. Pastor Corey Brooks, who serves as the spokesman for the family, will preside over the service.

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    Pastor Corey Brooks and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy react to Jonylah Watkins' death. The girl was shot five times while her father changed her diaper in their minivan. (Published Tuesday, March 12, 2013)

    Jonylah died Tuesday after several surgeries. Doctors said it took two hours just to slow the bleeding. In the girl's 12 hours in the emergency room, her little body's blood volume had to be replaced six times, they said.

    Jonylah's father, Jonathan Watkins, was injured in the shooting and survived. Police said he likely was targeted in the shooting.

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    Chicago's police superintendent says shooting that killed Jonylah Watkins has "very strong gang overtones," adding that Jonathan Watkins was the intended target. Phil Rogers reports. (Published Tuesday, March 12, 2013)

    Jonathan Watkins, who has an extensive criminal record, said he was changing the baby's diaper when the shooting occurred, but police said they are beginning to doubt the story.

    Pastor Brooks defended him this week, saying Jonathan Watkins hasn't been in trouble for years.