Def Jam artist Lil’ Durk took to social media to express outrage in the shooting death of a 6-month old baby in Chicago.
Lil Durk, who is a proud father of a baby girl himself, wrote, “killing babies go against every street code” on his instagram account along with a photo of little Jonylah Watkins.
“#repost this s--- crazy Lil N----- go around shooting vans up that all look alike …not knowing its a baby in there …you Lil mfers that thirsty for a name if you really want a name N----- graduate from high school go to college get a degree make something of yourself make your family proud.
“…killing babies go against every street code you N----- out here tweaking str8 up for a lol street cred so the guys can call you a shooter ….y’all not savages for shooting a baby you just dumb with no aim #fuckboyz,” he wrote.
At only 6 months old, Watkins was shot as she was getting her diaper changed by her father Jonathan Watkins, who, too, was shot.
Jonylah was shot five times in the lung, liver, leg, shoulder, and bowel, The Chicago Tribune reports.
Baby Watkins died Tuesday from her injuries at 1 p.m. in Corner Children’s Hospital, according to CNN.
“Ni**as killin kids now smh dats y n----- die #idgaf period,” Lil Durk wrote on Twitter.
The elder Watkins, 29, is listed in serious-to-critical condition in Northwestern Hospital. He was shot in his left side and right buttock and suffered a graze wound to the face, authorities told the Tribune.
“I was trying to help. I was trying to help. I was trying to help her,” he told The Chicago Sun-Times in telephone interview. “They told me she didn’t make it.”
Ironically, the baby’s mother was shot in the leg while pregnant with little Jonylah.
Gun violence has plagued the city of Chicago for many years. Many residents have renamed the Windy City “Chiraq” for its high rate of violence. Chicago, according to statistics, has a higher homicide rate than Kabul, Afghanistan.
In 2012 alone, the city recorded 506 murders.
The beginning of 2013 didn’t show any slowdown in pace. Chicago saw its deadliest January since 2002 with 45 homicides reported, according to CBS.
NBC Chicago estimated the Windy City is on pace to reach 730 homicides this year.
The death of Little Jonylah is demoralizing given the dramatic drop in the homicide rate in February.
14 homicides were reported in February, the lowest since 1957, according to a Chicago Police Department report.
The gunman in Jonylah’s case is still at-large. Surveillance footage captured the gunman fleeing the scene in a blue van.
Derrick Rose, 3-time NBA All-Star, has offered to pay for the funeral cost of 6-month-old murder victim Jonylah Watkins, Rev. Corey Brooks of New Beginnings Church told ABC 7 Chicago.
Rose took to Twitter to comment on the tragic murder.
“I’m sitting here just thinking how sad it is that my city got to go through this. I love my city and everyone in it even my haters!
“I don’t like that fact that OUR kids are not in school and that’s the only thing we have to SAVE these kids.
“I pray everyday for US for real. I know I shouldn’t be saying this because I hoop and it’s not my lane but I feel like ppl should hear this,” he wrote.
“These persons who committed this horrible crime, we guarantee you they will be brought to justice,” Rev. Corey Brooks, the Watkins’ family spokesman said, according to ABC 7 Chicago.
Brooks is offering up to $5,000 for information on the gunman.