A 3-year-old boy was tragically shot dead at his birthday party in Miami...
And people are simply heartbroken over this devastating loss.
Elijah LaFrance was enjoying his 3rd birthday party on Saturday in Miami's Golden Glades neighborhood.
But things turned ugly at around 8 pm when an altercation happened outside an Airbnb on NE 158th street, according to the Daily Mail.
Police responded to reports of gunshots...
And when they arrived at the rented property, officers found the toddler suffering from a gunshot wound and took him to a hospital where he later died, according to a news release from the Miami-Dade Police Department.
A twenty-one-year-old woman was also shot...
But she is expected to make a full recovery.
Elijah's death is truly heartbreaking...
And Adrian Annestor, the little boy's uncle, told CBS Miami that this nephew "couldn't even say mom and dad."
"They killed him. Oh God, he is still on my mind. I was just playing with him."
"I wish it could have been me because I've lived long enough. He couldn't even say mom and dad."
Police have not yet released any details about the suspected shooter and have appealed to the public for information.
Last night a three-year-old was shot & killed at a birthday party. There are no words to describe the immense loss… https://t.co/gDe3gbYhpo— Daniella Levine Cava (@Daniella Levine Cava)1619353029.0
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava then said in a tweet that "we will do everything we can to bring this murderer to justice."
"Last night a three-year-old was shot & killed at a birthday party. There are no words to describe the immense loss & anger our community is feeling. We will do everything we can to bring this murderer to justice & we must stand together to demand an end to this cycle of tragedy."
In a Twitter post on Sunday, Miami-Dade police wrote that detectives are "working around the clock and are using all available resources" to solve the murder of 3-year-old Elijah LaFrance.
SEEKING INFORMATION: On 4/24/21, Elijah LaFrance was killed in the area of N. Miami Avenue & NE 158 Street. Anyone… https://t.co/LriWKLI9hu— Miami-Dade Police (@Miami-Dade Police)1619472143.0
"We are out in the community handing out flyers, asking for any possible leads," they said, alongside offering a reward of up to $15,000 for information.
Elijah is the third child to be killed by guns in Miami in the last 9 months, according to the Miami Herald.
In January, Chassidy Saunders, 6, was one of 3 people hit and killed by gunfire on a Saturday night outside a Model City home.
And last July, during a gathering with friends outside a North Miami-Dade home, 7-year-old Alana Washington was fatally shot in the head during a drive-by shooting.
When will something be done about the out-of-control gun violence we are experiencing here in America?
And how many more innocent lives need to be lost in order for people to open their eyes and see the real problem?
Rest in Peace, Elijah.
Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family during this terrible time.