‘There Are No Words to Describe How Much I Miss My Son’
It's been one year since 3-year-old Elijah LaJeuness was killed at his Columbia home.
Editor’s note: The following is a tribute to Elijah LaJeuness, the 3-year-old toddler found unresponsive one year ago Friday in his Columbia home. It is written by his father, Robert LaJeuness, of Hyattsville, MD, who lived separately from his son. The boy's April 13, 2011 death was ruled a homicide; no charges have been filed.
“Elijah was my best friend.
When he was around, we would do everything together. He loved going to Six Flags – Thomas Town, going to the parks, lakes, and so much more. He always loved to sing and dance and just have fun. Elijah had a way to bring out a smile in just about anyone that he interacted with.
Everyone used to comment about how smart he was. When talking to him, you wouldn’t know he was only 3-years-old by the way that he talked.
He could have grown up and gone on to do great things with his life.
There are no words to describe how much I miss my son. Sometimes when I see other little boys around the same age that he was, I find myself fighting back the tears. I still could recall that cold rainy morning when I got the call from Howard County General Hospital. They asked me to come up to the hospital as soon as possible. I didn’t get the news until I got there.
That day plays over and over in my mind. That was the hardest day of my life. I know there is nothing that will bring my son back to me; however I still pray every day for a call from the police department to tell me that they have solved the case and that the person/s involved have been arrested and charged for what they have done.
Elijah used to run out of the room and then run back in with a big smile on his face for me to say, ‘Welcome back Elijah, welcome back.’ He thought that was so funny.
I know that Elijah has gone onto a better place. He is now an angel watching down over all of his friends and family.
I love you, Elijah, and miss you so so much."