Calls for change at slain infant’s funeral
CHICAGO – A community unable to make sense of the killing of a 6-month-old Chicago girl filed past her tiny white casket Tuesday, as religious leaders implored them to transform gang-riven neighborhoods and seize the “power in the blood of the innocent.”
Jonylah Watkins was sitting on her father’s lap in a minivan when a gunman approached on foot and shot them both in what police have said was a targeted attack on the girl’s father, a gang member.
Jonylah’s death was the latest to draw national attention to Chicago’s struggle with gang violence and murder. Her young age, in particular, has angered many and prompted calls for a frightened community to shed its reluctance to cooperate with the police and bring the killer forward.
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