At a vigil held at the site of the fatal shooting of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins Tuesday night, the infant's family and their supporters gathered while the police investigation into her killing continues.
Judy Watkins (C), the mother of slain infant Jonylah Watkins, mourns during a vigil on March 12, 2013 in Chicago. The 6-month-old girl was shot five times on the 6500 block of South Maryland Avenue while her father was changing her diaper in the passenger seat of his car. (Photo by Jonathan Gibby/Getty Images)
Among the 200 people assembled at the vigil was Judy Watkins, Jonylah's mother, who told DNAinfo Chicago she is looking for her daughter's killer and urging him to come forward.
"When I find him, he's going to jail," Judy Watkins, 19, told DNAinfo.
Police said Tuesday that they are still seeking a cooperating witness in the crime and do not have a lot to go on currently -- though, according to Fox Chicago, they have gotten surveillance video of what they think is the blue van the gunman used as a getaway vehicle.
Jonylah Watkins was rushed to Comer Children's Hospital Monday afternoon in serious-to-critical condition after being shot five times in the 6500 block of South Maryland Avenue in the city's Woodlawn neighborhood. Her father, Jonathan Watkins, had been changing her diaper in the front passenger seat of a minivan when a gunman approached them and opened fire.
Jonylah died around 6 a.m. Tuesday after doctors, nurses and medical technicians worked for 17 hours to try and save her. A Wednesday Chicago Tribune story details the lengthy work involved in the ultimately unsuccessful effort.
Jonathan Watkins, 28, was also wounded in the shooting and remains hospitalized at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in stable condition as of Tuesday, according to NBC Chicago. Jonylah's father has an extensive criminal record including 39 arrests, gang affiliations and was the intended target of the shooting, police claim.
When asked about that assertion Tuesday, Judy Watkins told DNAinfo she was not aware of the gang ties police were referencing. She also told the site that family members' reports that she was previously shot while pregnant with Jonylah -- who she described as "a happy baby" -- were untrue.
Source: Black Voices