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Lupe Fiasco Releases Tribute Song for 6 month old Jonylah Watkins, who died of Gun Violence.

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Gun violence has sadly become a norm on the streets of Chicago and it seems like every day we are hearing about more shootings in America’s fourth largest city.

On Monday, March 11, 6-month old Jonylah Watkins was shot, while her father was changing her diaper. Her father, Jonathan Watkins amazingly survived. But sadly Jonylah’s life was cut short after extensive surgery.

Chicago’s very own Lupe Fiasco has decided to step up and touch on the story in song. The Food & Liquor rapper released a tribute track entitled, “Jonylah Forever” to the 6-month old. Listen to the heartfelt song below.


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Info on the shooting:
Jonylah Watkins was rushed to Comer Children's Hospital Monday afternoon in serious-to-critical condition after being shot in the 6500 block of South Maryland Avenue in the city's Woodlawn neighborhood around 12:48 p.m. Her father, Jonathan Watkins, had been changing her diaper in the front passenger seat of a Chevy Venture minivan when a gunman approached them and opened fire. He fled in a waiting van.

Mb>Jonylah had sustained wounds in her lung, liver, leg, shoulder and bowel or intestine, </b>according to DNAinfo Chicago, and had undergone at least five hours of surgery.

"This morning, the baby passed away," the Rev. Corey Brooks, who is acting as a spokesman for the family, told the Chicago Tribune. "We have another tragedy in the city of Chicago."

"The city of Chicago should be outraged that in our city a 6-month-old baby could be shot and killed," Brooks added Tuesday, according to DNAinfo.

Brooks told the Tribune his Woodlawn-based New Beginnings Church would offer up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Jonylah's killer. Another community group also agreed to chip in $1,000, bringing the total reward to $6,000.

Jonylah's father was also wounded in the shooting -- being struck in the side and buttocks, plus a graze wound to his cheek -- and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious-to-critical condition. According to NBC Chicago, he remains in critical condition as of Tuesday morning.

Jonathan Watkins told the Chicago Sun-Times Tuesday that he has no idea who opened fire on him and his child, but sources told the paper that the shooting was possibly prompted by an angry Facebook post.


Police say the father has known gang affiliations, a claim Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy took up in a Tuesday press conference, according to the Associated Press:

He said police weren't sure yet whether Watkins will decide to cooperate in the investigation. ... "No child, certainly not an infant, should be a victim of gang violence," McCarthy said. ... "He was obviously targeted," McCarthy said of Jonathan Watkins. Police were trying to determine whether a reported Facebook post threatening Watkins actually exists, McCarthy said.

Jonylah's mother, Judy Watkins, was previously shot while carrying the child. She was working at McDonald's at the time of the Monday shooting, according to the Tribune. Judy and Jonathan had recently gotten married.

Source for HuffPost = http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/12/jonylah-watkins-dies-6-mo_n_2859436.html

Source for song: http://concreteloop.com/2013/03/awareness-lupe-fiasco-releases-jonylah-forever-tribute-to-jonylah-watkins

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