6-Month-Old Baby Shot to Death Would’ve Grown Up to Be Awesome (LISTEN)

jonylah watkinsJonathon Watkins, the father of the 6-month-old baby girl who was shot five times while he changed her diaper, was released from the hospital today. I can't even imagine the utter sadness he must be experiencing right now, but there is something that might lift his spirits, even for the smallest second. Chicago rapper and singer Lupe Fiasco wrote, recorded and released a song about baby Jonylah Watkins and the lyrics and music are as touching as they are heartbreaking.

Fiasco, a Chicago native, is just about as tired of gun violence in the Windy City as anyone, and decided to share his grief and disbelief through the medium he knows best: song.

Titled "Jonylah Forever", the tune's lyrics imagines what the girl's life would've been like had she not become one of the youngest victims of gun violence ever. She takes her first steps, she reads her first book, she bonds with her parents, she goes to college, to med school, and comes back to open a clinic in the hood where she grew up.

Jonylah was shot five times. Dad Jonathon was shot three times (once in the leg, once in the buttocks, and one bullet grazed his face). Believe it or, Jonylah's mother was also shot a few months ago while working at a McDonald's in the area. Combined, this young family sustained nine gun shot wounds. Baby Jonylah's the only one who didn't survive.

The song is a beautiful depiction of a life that will never be lived. Jonylah was robbed of the opportunity to grow up -- something most of us take for granted everyday -- and it's songs and activism like Fiasco's that are one small step in the right direction. Jonylah, like the victims in Aurora, like the victims in Newtown, shouldn't have to be remembered because they shouldn't have been taken in the first place -- a picture "Jonylah Forever" paints perfectly.

Listen to Lupe Fiasco's "Jonylah Forever" here:

What do you think of the song?


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This is so beautiful .

Rip:little Angel

nonmember avatar Jenny Clark

I can't imagine the pain this extra ordinary family is feeling for the lost of this beautiful angel:( I HURT FOR YOU I PRAY FOR YOU AND BEG THE LORD FOR JUSTICE EVERY DAY MAY GOD BLESS U & YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY

nonmember avatar kimca

r.i.p ... beautiful song for a beautiful angel.

Vegeta Vegeta

Awesome song but unfortunately the odds were that shed grow up and be a gang member like her parents and get into trouble eventually just like they did.

Angie Polk

i dont care what anyone says,guns are stupid and idiotic....this world is slowly killing itself because of the violance....hate it

vashl... vashley522

This is so sad that a baby had her life taken away because ppl with guns are stupid!! the song is beautiful I couldn't even imagine how the parents must feel:(( I'd go crazy if this happened to one of my babies!

nonmember avatar Vincent

Vegeta that was such a ignorant statement that u post, how can u sit there & predict what this child was gonna be years from now, see this is why ppl get hurt or unessary things happen because of idiots like this one (good day) TOO PISSED BUT THIS IS A GREAT SONG

nonmember avatar msfredricks

to know that she is safe now from the evils of this world makes the pain in my heart ease just a little bit.....when children are taking from this world at a young age I truly believe they were something great in there other life and there was no need for them to endure the TEST OF LIFE...they already received GOD'S exceptance into heaven, but one must be born of the womb in order to enter into heaven

Geawe9 Geawe9

angel miniPraying for her family..Saddley I know all too well the effect of a child passing too soon!! Keep holding GODS hand!!

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