Editor’s note: The following is a tribute to Elijah LaJeuness, the 3-year-old in his Columbia home. It is written by his father, Robert LaJeuness, of Hyattsville, MD, who lived separately from his son. The boy's 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."