Jonylah’s Funeral is Now

Jonylah’s funeral program (Courtesy: Twitter Ben Bradley ABC 7 News, Chicago)

As I am Buddhist, I chant for Jonylah Emani Watkins to come back to us in better circumstances. She came to us for a reason; she did not die in vain. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

As many of you who follow this blog are not, simply pray for her, if not for her surviving parents, Jonathan and Judy Watkins. She’s okay, I have no doubt.  They’re not.

Hundreds have gathered for the funeral of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins, who was fatally shot last week.

The services are taking place at New Beginnings Church, helmed by the Rev. Corey Brooks, who has served as a spokesman for the Watkins family since the shooting.

Mourners lined up outside the church Tuesday to grieve for the little girl, many wearing pink and some wearing sweatshirts adorned with the Jonylah’s smiling face.

Dressed in pink, Jonylah lay in a 3-foot-long casket that was flanked by floral arrangements spelling out “Mom” and “Dad.” Next to the “Dad” arrangement was a poster with a drawing of Jonylah that said: “God’s Angel: Jonylah Watkins.”

Mourners streamed into the church walking by Jonylah’s body with the songs “Take Me to the King” by Tamela Mann, “For You I Will” by Monica and Whitney Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You,” playing in the background. Many were wearing pink in memory of Jonylah, who her father called “Smooch” to mean “many kisses.”

The wake for Jonylah was last night:

On Monday night, Jonylah lay in a small, open casket at Leak and Sons Funeral Home from 6-10 p.m.

Her funeral is 10 a.m. Tuesday at New Beginnings Church, 6620 S. King Dr.

Jonylah wore pink with white and brown shoes. She was surrounded by flowers as residents came to pay their respects to members and friends of the family seated nearby.

“The violence needs to stop for all youth and nationalities,” Lizziestine Wells said. “We’re losing too many of our children.”

One attendee, Charles Knight, said he came to support Jonylah’s family, as said he has lost a child to gun violence in the past.

Knight’s 8-year-old son, Charles Knight Jr., was killed on his birthday in 1989 when a stray bullet hit him in the neck.

“I can only imagine what the family is going through because I’ve lost a young child, too,” Knight said. “To see that young girl in that casket … she didn’t have any time to enjoy her life.”

If there is any live coverage of Jonylah’s funeral, I will be sure to post it here.  Understand that when I provide a link or provide a video of a live event, when the event is over,  the link and/or video will be inactive.  You won’t be able to access it for playback.  As this is Central Daylight Savings Time, it is currently nearly 11:30 a.m. as I write this.

~ by blksista on March 19, 2013.

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