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Jonylah Watkins Murder: Police arrest suspect in slaying of 6-month-old Chicago girl

Jonylah Watkins Facebook via CBS Chicago

Jonylah Watkins
Facebook via CBS Chicago

Updated 10:00 p.m. ET

(CBS/WBBM) CHICAGO - Police charged a suspect in the killing of 6-month-old Chicago girl Jonylah Watkins, who died after a gunman fired at a minivan as she sat on her father's lap, CBS Chicago reports.

Chicago Police first arrested Koman Willis, 34, on Saturday.

The girl's father, 29-year-old Jonathan Watkins who police believe was the target of the attack, was seriously wounded in the March 11 shooting. Police believe the shooting in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago's South Side was gang-related.

The slain girl's parents say they won't speak out publicly until the person has been charged, CBS Chicago reports. However, they stood next to their pastor Sunday as he answered questions about the arrest.

"Everyone wished that it could have been sooner, but we know for a fact that the police have been very diligent and very hard working so it is not as if they have not been doing their job, they have been doing a great job in communication with Jonathan and myself almost every single day with someone from the CPD and we're grateful for that," said Rev. Corey Brooks, Watkins' pastor.

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