On Monday afternoon, a six month year old girl was shot five times and killed on the streets of Chicago, while her father was reportedly changing her diapers on the front seat of a minivan.
Jonylah Watkins was killed after what police suspect was a gang-related shooting attempt against her father — Jonathan Watkins.
The story has touched the heart of many in the area, including Chicago Bulls‘ star guard, Derrick Rose.
According to Chicago ABC affiliate WLS-TV, “As police search for the killer of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins, outrage over her death spreads, and the outpouring of grief includes a gesture by the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose. Rose has offered to help pay for Jonylah’s funeral expenses. Others have come forward to donate money to a reward fund to help find the killer. Tuesday night, that reward fund stood at $11,000.”
That outreach from a Bulls’ guard, who is also a Chicago-native, is a very nice gesture amid the tragic violence that unfolded just days ago. Rose, as you probably know, is still rehabbing from a torn ACL which is suffered almost a full year ago. Rose has not made his return to the Bulls’ lineup yet this season and speculation as to when he will come back remains up in the air at this time.
Rose has been connected to charitable donations and offerings in the past, so this one is just the latest. It goes to show the compassionate nature that Rose has for the city that he grew up.
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