Chicago Mourns 6-Month-Old Jonylah Watkins

Source: Lauren Petty and Lisa Balde / NBC Chicago

Friends and family gathered Tuesday to remember a 6-month-old Chicago girl who was fatally shot last week while sitting on her father’s lap.

A wake for Jonylah Watkins began at 10 a.m. followed by her funeral at 11 a.m. at New Beginnings Church, 6620 S. King Drive, in Chicago.

“Jonylah, affectionately known as ‘Smooch,’ was loved and adored by many,” her funeral program reads. “Jonylah was the apple of her parents’ eyes. Jonylah had an infectious smile that continually warmed her mother’s heart.”

As her family wept outside the chuch, Jonylah’s coffin was placed among stuffed animals and toys.

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