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The heart-breaking story of Jonylah Watkins had finally been put to rest today. The 6-month-old’s, who was shoot and killed in a drive-by shooting, funeral was held this morning. This tragedy has brought much attention to the issue of gun violence.
Madame Noire reported:
Today people will come together in the city to say goodbye to Jonylah Watkins, as her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. But visitation for family and friends has already started, and according to WGN-TV in Chicago, the young girl has been placed in a 3-foot-6 inch casket with a teddy bear inside. The funeral will also be open casket. Despite reports that NBA player Derrick Rose would be helping to cover the funeral expenses, the local funeral home Leak & Sons, according to the Huffington Post, has actually taken care of all costs for the 6-month-old’s family. Spencer Leak, the home’s funeral director, spoke to DNAinfo in Chicago and says that Jonylah’s death is one of the worst that he has had to preside over. “I’ve had children 4, 5 and 6 years old, but this is the youngest. It’s terrible. It’s just heartbreaking. I have a grandchild a little older, so it really broke my heart. I feel for the family — these are just little tiny innocents.”
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