Jonylah’s Funeral, March 19, 2013—Excerpts from Videos and Photos
Not much commentary is necessary. Sorry, the funeral definitely was not live-streamed as I hoped, but these are the best that I could find.
This video above was from The Chicago Tribune. If you were wondering, Jonylah Watkins’ coffin was about 3 feet long.
It is surreal to see a 6-month old baby lying in a casket.
Jonylah Watkins looked like a life-sized baby-doll. Her mother, Judy Watkins, picked a petal-pink coverall to lay her baby to rest. The dead baby was placed in a golden-edged beige casket that was slightly larger than an infant carrier. Her cheeks, unlike the sunken cheeks of the dead, still had the robust look of life.
“I want my baby back. I want my baby back,” the mother wailed inconsolably as hundreds of mourners filed past and gave the baby, nicknamed “Smooch,” a final good-bye.
Close relatives wore pink and white. Most donned T-shirts painted with messages honoring Jonylah or pins bearing the baby’s smiling photograph. Tearful mothers hoisted the baby’s young cousins high on their hips. Grown men, their heads bowed, stood silently with damp eyes.
When the family finally left the church to bring Jonylah to her resting place, Mitchell noted that “Jonylah’s mother (with grandmother Judy Young) followed the tiny casket. Her father walked a few steps behind.”
What in the world does he think? Jonathan looked more than just physically wounded. He looked waterlogged from this immense tragedy. Is he really cooperating in full in order to bring the murderers of his daughter to justice?
I just hope Jonathan makes some concrete decisions soon that will impact his life and that of his wife, decisions that he could have made long ago that might have saved that little baby’s life. His treasure. If this isn’t a big hint from the Universe that it is time to move away from thug life, I don’t know what is.
- 6 Month Old, Jonylah Dead From Gangs***messymandella*** (messymandella.com)
- “No Snitching” Is Not Giving Murdered Children Like Jonylah Watkins Any Justice (thisblksistaspage.wordpress.com)
- McCarthy: Lots Of Misinformation On Jonylah Watkins’ Murder (chicago.cbslocal.com)
- Mitchell: Jonylah Watkins’ death should have never happened (suntimes.com)