Chicago Sun-Times reporter Jon Seidel and photojournalists John H. White and Jessica Koscielniak were on hand to report on the public visitation for murdered 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins on Tuesday.
Here is a look at the reporting done from the scene, along with reactions from those who came to pay respects to the little girl killed by gang gunfire.
[View the story "Covering the visitation of murdered 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins" on Storify]Covering the visitation of murdered 6-month-old Jonylah WatkinsSun-Times reporter Jon Seidel - along with hundreds of others - was at the public visitation for Jonylah Watkins on Tuesday. Here are his reports from the scene and the reactions of family, neighbors and media as the 6-month-old victim was remembered.Storified by Craig Newman· Tue, Mar 19 2013 11:21:00Jonylah's funeral program. It says she was "affectionately known as 'Smooch'." http://pic.twitter.com/otHWOhT8v2Jon SeidelToday I'll be at the funeral for 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins. People are already lined up outside New Beginnings Church on the South Side.Jon SeidelHundreds of mourners expected at funeral for Jonylah Watkins - Chicago Sun-TimesJonylah Watkins' tiny coffin arrived at a South Side church Tuesday morning, as family, friends and total strangers prepared to say goodb...Hundreds of mourners expected at funeral for Jonylah Watkins: http://bit.ly/145C7KRJon SeidelJonylah's casket just arrived at the church. http://pic.twitter.com/caAVrurzGxJon SeidelWatch this video: RAW: Jonylah Watkins funeral http://www.suntimes.com/video/index.html?freewheel=58285&sitesection=chicagosun&VID=24619183Craig NewmanJonylah's parents viewing her body. They are dressed in matching white sweatshirts. Father's says, "My baby girl, Daddy love you" on back.Jon SeidelEarlier, a woman took a sketch of Jonylah into the church. It said "God's Angel."Jon SeidelFlowers, stuffed animals surround Jonylah's casket in New Beginnings Church, where her visitation has begun.Jon SeidelFrom @mitchdudek : 'Emotional' visitation for Jonylah: 'Her death kind of hurt the world': http://bit.ly/XWk9HzJon SeidelJonylah's family members are sobbing at the front of the church as people continue to stream in.Jon SeidelFrom Jonylah's funeral program: "You'll live on in my heart, I'll always remember your smile! -Daddy"Jon SeidelUshers at Jonylah's funeral having trouble finding empty seats.Jon SeidelFuneral for 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins about to begin with "Jesus Loves the Little Children." : http://bit.ly/145C7KRJon Seidel"Chicago, help this family." - pastor's plea as Jonylah's funeral begins. http://bit.ly/145C7KRJon SeidelAld. Willie Cochran at Jonylah's funeral: "Somebody's going to pay for this child being killed."Jon SeidelAnother speaker calls Jonylah "a victim of our culture."Jon SeidelPastor at Jonylah's funeral: "If the blood of this baby does not change our lives we are beyond being changed."Jon SeidelJonylah's grandmother, Mary Young, sends message to "my neighbors of Chicago." Says "killing one another will no longer be tolerated."Jon SeidelMary Young, grandmother of Jonylah: "Now the sacrifice has been made in the slaying of an innocent baby lamb."Jon SeidelPastor Corey Brooks' remarksCorey Brooks preaching, tells church "God is working behind the scenes." Brings up Aurora, Newtown, Hadiya shootings. "Bad things find you."Jon SeidelCorey Brooks at Jonylah's funeral: "Bad things come to all of our houses."Jon SeidelBrooks tells crowd at Jonylah's funeral that tragedy "is not at your house yet, but it's searching for you."Jon SeidelBrooks telling crowd at Jonylah's funeral they've got to believe they can change. "One encounter with Jesus can make the difference."Jon SeidelCorey Brooks wraps eulogy at Jonylah's funeral by telling the crowd to "find a church."Jon SeidelReaction from the community#Jonylah Had A Beautiful Service #RIHJONYLAHR.I.H Jonylah#Chicago Mourns 6-Month-Old #JonylahWatkins http://ow.ly/jdxW2 http://fb.me/1oX0xNK5orolandsmartinThe 6 month old bby Girl Who Was Shot 5 Times Was Layed To Rest Today. R.I.P Bby Jonylah http://instagr.am/p/XDGvZBF1w9/KeRell Auntiehttp://soundcloud.com/lupesoundcloud/jonylah-forever#JonylahForeverLupe FiascoToday Jonylah was laid to rest...still breaks my heartRedbulls & HoneyBunsRip JonylahKoJonylah ForeverShawn HPraying for the family of Jonylah Watkins as they prepare to bury their 6 month old baby. Jesus...Jae@hay_sahn Jonylah forever ? You heard ?Leaflet 3000 #jonylah http://instagr.am/p/XDFg8jyIlH/Aliyah MuhammadAs much crying went on over the shooting, how many of y'all actually tuned in to watch the service of Jonylah --which was live, might I ask?Jupiter Love
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