6-month-old Chicago girl dies a day after drive-by shooting

By Arturo Garcia
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 14:08 EDT
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6-month-old Joneyela Watkins dead following drive-by shooting
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A 6-month-old girl was pronounced dead on Tuesday from injuries suffered while being shot five times as her father changed her diaper.

According to WGN-TV, Joneyela Watkins died following multiple surgeries at Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

“A lot of the bleeding, they could not stop,” a local church leader, Rev. Corey Brooks, told the station. “There was some complications with the liver and lungs.”

Her father, 28-year-old Jonathan Watkins, is listed in stable condition. Police said Tuesday morning that Joneyela’s injuries were incurred during a drive-by shooting on Monday targeting her father.

WMAQ-TV reported that, according to Police Superintendent Gerry McCarthy, Jonathan Watkins had an “extensive” criminal record, and that the shooting had “very strong gang overtones.”

No arrests have been made in connection with the attack. Brooks said his church, New Beginnings, is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

“The city of Chicago should be outraged that, in our city, a six-month-old baby could be shot and killed,” he said. “It’s horrific.”

Watch WGN’s report on Joneyela Watkins, aired Tuesday, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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