Elijah LaFrance’s uncle, 3, who was killed at birthday party, speaks out – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami-Dade Police Department has identified the 3-year-old boy shot dead at a birthday party in northeast Miami-Dade as Elijah LaFrance.

According to detectives, the shooting happened at around 8:05 p.m. on Saturday in the area of ​​North Miami Avenue and NE 158 Street.

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When officers arrived, they found a 3-year-old Elijah suffering from a gunshot. He was rushed to hospital, where he later died.

Flyer looking for information on the shooting death of Elijah LaFrance. (Source: Miami-Dade PD)

A 21-year-old woman was also shot dead. She was taken to the hospital in stable condition and should be fine.

CBS4 learned that the property where the shooting took place was an Airbnb rental, which was booked to host the party. An altercation broke out outside the house and shots were fired.

Elijah and the woman, who has not been identified, were found outside.

“They killed him. Oh my god he’s always on my mind. I was just playing with him, ”said the boy’s devastated uncle, Adrian Annestor, who was at the party. “I wish it had been me because I’ve lived long enough. He couldn’t even say mom and dad, ”he said.

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Neighbor Zobop, who lives right next to a house, also expressed his grief, saying, “How are you going to get there and you see a party with kids inside and you open fire on them. You are just a coward. You are a coward.”

Zobop came out moments before shots were fired

“As soon as I got out, I saw this white truck go by slowly. I did not pay attention to it because it is normal. My sister was out with me and the next thing we know, ‘bam, bam, bam.’ We heard the shots. A tree blocked my view but my neighbor across the street saw it all, when a man pulled out the machine gun and started shooting, ”he said.

Zobop’s neighbor, who did not want to appear on camera, said gunshots hit his car and house.

“Lots of fires. It looked like a series of firecrackers. Over 30 bangs I heard. And then I saw a person running towards a car, then a car took off at high speed and two other cars all followed east, ”said the neighbor.

Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo Ramirez said those responsible for the shooting would be found and held accountable. He also expressed his condolences to the boy’s family.

Police have not provided any details on the possible shooter, as the investigation continues.

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If you have any information, you are encouraged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.

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