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Funeral today for 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins

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A funeral will be held today for Jonylah Watkins less than a mile from where the 6-month-old was shot along with her father in a van parked in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. at the New Beginnings Church, 6620 S. King Drive. The funeral will follow at 11 a.m.

Police have said they believe the baby’s father, Jonathan Watkins, a 29-year-old convicted felon with alleged gang ties, was the intended target when a gunman walked up to their van near East 65th Street and South Maryland Avenue and opened fire shortly before 1 p.m. March 11. He fled in a blue conversion van, perhaps driven by a second person, police have said.

Jonylah was sitting on her father’s lap inside the van and was shot once. The bullet injured several organs and she died the next morning. Her father suffered wounds to his buttock and left side and was released from Northwestern Memorial Hospital last Thursday.

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