Baby Jonylah, goodnight sweet girl

Today was the funeral for Jonylah Watkins, the sweet baby girl murdered by a bullet, believed to be intended for her father, a convicted felon with alleged gang ties. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-jonylah-watkins-funeral-20130319,0,4822134.story)

The New Beginnings Church on S. King Drive was packed with broken hearts.

Why? Who?  Who could do such a thing - so callous and deliberate?

Her grandma asked "My neighbors of Chicago, have you lost your voice?"

I ask, where are the angels God promises to send to protect us?

Where are the good guys who are supposed to catch the bad guys and stop babies from being murdered.

How does that killer feel right now? Right this moment? You know he has watched the news coverage. You couldn't miss it.

It's been a lead story on all news channels since the shooting happened March 11.

Where will this end?

When will babies, children, and the innocent of any age, no longer pay the price for others' sins and misdeeds?

How do you console that baby's mother? How do you not feel intense anger toward the father for being involved in a lifestyle that is believed to have brought on this shooting? How do you not hate the shooter?

It is hard to be a good forgiving Christian when tragedies like this occur. God says we must forgive. True. But God also says thou shalt not kill.

Where is that shooter tonight? What is he thinking? What is he feeling?  Will he sleep well?  Will he enjoy a nice meal?

I know where Jonylah is. She is looking down from heaven asking the angels why she couldn't stay with her mom and grandma a little longer.

Maybe hers is one of those plans where God  sent her to her mom, only to be taken suddenly because they are supposed to learn something from the pain. Maybe the shooter is supposed to learn something from this experience? Maybe someone in the packed church is supposed to learn something or be inspired to do something wonderful as a result of Jonylah's death.

Maybe her life ended how and when it did because we are all supposed to learn something, be inspired to do something wonderful.

But what?

Until next time Love each other.....

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  • I'm sorry but I don't know what to say to this type of post. You offer no insight while painfully avoiding the most glaring issues of the situation. Maybe that was the point though.

    It's also extremely tough to sit by and listen to you offer up the insane suggestion that an infant destroyed by a bullet meant for her gangbanger father fired from the gun of another gangbanger was quite possibly some sort of lesson handed down by God meant for people involved or affected by another ridiculous killing. That's a cop out that is used quite frequently when people don't want to realize that there is a large segment of the population that doesn't play by the same rules as everyone else and has little care about what any particular person's God would feel about it.

    It's common to hear people take this BS approach to a tragedy and not ask the tough questions about a society where this has become all too common.

    No one wants to shine the spotlight on tough issues. No one wants to talk about the culture of our urban african american communities and the staggering rates at which they kill each other, maim each other, impregnate each other outside of any solid relationships etc. The numbers, when viewed strictly from a statistical perspective, are ludicrous.

    No one wants to talk about mental health issues in this country and what drives a white kid to kill or try to kill dozens of kids/classmates/adults, etc. No one wants to talk about the impact of bullying and why, with every passing year, more and more people resort to extreme violence as their only perceived exit strategy.

    Until we start asking some hard fucking questions and demanding accountability we'll continue to get posts like yours. Bullshit kid glove religious posts from a person that has a mind developed, evolved and compassionate enough to know that you shouldn't kill your kids, kill your classmates, kill your parents, kill yourself, murder your unborn, neglect your aged or infants, etc.

    You'll never understand and will always wonder why and how people can act like animals so consistently because you don't want to accept the fact that we ARE animals. Some are just more highly developed and evolved than others.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Julia, thank you for your post. When I wrote this, my heart was aching, as a mom, and also as a mom who has recently found herself in a situation where, I thought I had a healthy daughter and suddenly we are dealing with this scary medical condition. My heart is like an open wound right now. I wish I could just hug Jonylah's mom and grandma. I have NO answers, I don't pretend to know why this beautiful child was murdered. I am NOT excusing anything, or passively saying it is God's plan for an innocent baby to be murdered. I am not BS, my thoughts and meanderings are genuine and heartfelt. And, I have no answers as to why this is all taking place. As we know there are many, many, many children being shot daily due to gang violence, as well as bullying, pure brutality and mental illness. We ARE asking the tough F'in questions, Waffle. You tell me what the answer is. You tell me why this is going on. And do not call a group of people un-evolved animals, isn't that too just an excuse? People are making horrible choices. Why? I don't know why my post about saying goodbye to this little baby upset you so much. Maybe you need to look inside your heart. That is all I was doing. Until next time......

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    Waffle, I was about to write that I appreciated this lady's post on the baby's murder. It was heartwrenching, and as another blogger, is something that I would ususally comment on. However, the pain was so profound I couldn't even write about it; it's a BABY that was shot. But the fault isn't the writer - she is only offering her take on what happened, from her perspective. That's the same thing that you did, from your perspective. We have perspective, then we have FACTS, and finally we have the TRUTH. The evolution of civilization is to know how to put all three together and ACT on what's best for society, in this case, to change a culture that is on its way to perdition at breakneck speed. Realize that the murders outside of our doors were sculpted many years ago. The problem is that we fell for the hype, and are now suffering the results. WE have to get ourselves out of it, the cavalry IS NOT coming. And FYI - that animal thing sounds like Darwin; what about GOD? You shall KNOW the truth, and the truth will MAKE you free. Not evolve you free, but MAKE. God Bless, people.

  • In reply to Julia SB:

    Julia, thank you for your post. When I wrote this, my heart was aching, as a mom, and also as a mom who has recently found herself in a situation where, I thought I had a healthy daughter and suddenly we are dealing with this scary medical condition. My heart is like an open wound right now. I wish I could just hug Jonylah's mom and grandma. I have NO answers, I don't pretend to know why this beautiful child was murdered. I am NOT excusing anything, or passively saying it is God's plan for an innocent baby to be murdered. I am not BS, my thoughts and meanderings are genuine and heartfelt. And, I have no answers as to why this is all taking place. As we know there are many, many, many children being shot daily due to gang violence, as well as bullying, pure brutality and mental illness. We ARE asking the tough F'in questions, Waffle. You tell me what the answer is. You tell me why this is going on. And do not call a group of people un-evolved animals, isn't that too just an excuse? People are making horrible choices. Why? I don't know why my post about saying goodbye to this little baby upset you so much. Maybe you need to look inside your heart. That is all I was doing. Until next time......

  • In reply to Bittersweet:

    As a parent I want desperately for your child to be happy and healthy.

    It is apparent that this is not the proper forum for the kinds of discussions that I feel are needed about this subject based on your response.

    I apologize for swearing and will never come back.

  • I appreciate your apology. You can always come back. Have a nice day.

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