Derrick Rose stretches. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)
A 6-month-old girl died after being shot five times in Chicago on Monday afternoon while her father was reportedly standing on the curb, changing her diaper on the front seat of a minivan. It was the 62nd homicide of 2013 in the city, according to RedEye Chicago; last year, more than 500 homicides were reported in Chicago, a horrifying number that represented a massive increase over 2011.
The rate has slowed through the first 2 1/2 months of 2013, but the wretchedness of the death of infant Jonylah Watkins — whom police officials have said was shot during a gang-related attempt on the life of her father, Jonathan Watkins — has brought the city's struggles with gun violence back to the forefront. There's nothing "good" that comes of a story like this, but in between the awful feelings, there occasionally emerges something worth celebrating. Like the against-all-odds 17-hour effort to save a little girl's life, or 200 members of a community coming together in mourning and support, or, reportedly, a gesture of kindness offered by one of Chicago's brightest stars.
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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.