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Thursday, March 14th, 2013 at 4:35 pm  |  14 responses

Derrick Rose Offered to Pay for Funeral of Murdered 6-Month Old Baby


Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose continues to be involved with efforts to curb the raging violence in his city. Sometimes, all one can do is cut a check for a grieving family. Rose has offered to pay for the funeral of a recently-murdered baby. Per ABC: “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. With Jonylah’s mother looking on, dozens of people, many who have no connection to the family, added to the growing memorial near 65th Street and Maryland Tuesday night. It’s next to the place where a gunman shot the 6-month-old five times as her father changed her diaper in the car. They are outraged and want the killer behind bars. ‘These persons who committed this horrible crime, we guarantee you they will be brought to justice,’ said family spokesperson Corey Brooks. [...] Police have some leads, including security camera video of the blue van in which the gunman left the scene. They say they believe the shooting was gang related. The gunman, Chicago police said, was after Jonylah’s father, Jonathan Watkins, who has an extensive criminal record and remains hospitalized from the shooting.”

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  • LakeShow

    Thank you Derrick.
    Lovely gesture.

  • shutup

    RESPECT.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Man, one of the harsh and tragic realities that your actions and life choices can affect not just you, but those closest to you.

    First class act on Mr.Rose’s part, though. Respect!

  • Macticulious

    Sad to hear that..
    DRose, great person off and on the court, humble guy! Role model for everyone!

  • snasty10

    This guy loves his hometown, always glad he brought chicago back from the bottom of the eastern conference, he had help obviously, but he was a helluva talent . I hope he comes back to prime form.

  • snasty10

    i should say he still is a helluva talent, I’m not writing him off at all, and dont doubt him

  • Redd

    Heard about this yesterday, it killed me. I was way less upset with the Bulls loss.

    When I heard about this, it floored me all day. The intended victim reportedly WAS the baby. Idk, my city is killing me, everything that’s bad is happening.

    Just got to pray for the kids of the city, it stinks they’re now victims to our lack of consideration for our fellow beings, just tragic..

  • LakeShow

    Glad to see this has received down votes. Stay classy SLAM trolls…

  • danpowers

    and thanks to the republicans it will get even worse man.

  • keyon dooling

    they’re sick of notorious message board nerd LakeShow running rampant on here ^ sorry pal

  • Emerson

    If that’s true that is absolutely insane

  • LakeShow

    Hey, if you ever have anything to add to a good discussion instead of just talking BS, holler.

    But you don’t.

    So shutty.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jspruit Jason Spruit

    Lupe just put out a song bout it, one of his best in awhile

    Couldn’t get the imbed to work, http://youtu.be/Nsd0PXu3ZQM

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    this man is real

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