‘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 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."

Brianne Kirkpatrick April 13, 2012 at 10:11 AM
RIP Beautiful Boy, Elijah I knew you were special from the day that I met you. Your beautiful brown eyes captured my attention. You were a shy little boy searching for someone he could trust. It was then that I knew we would become the best of friends. Day after day, we played with each other, learned together, and your personal favorite…danced together. These memories are burned in my mind forever. A few of my fondest memories with Elijah…Every morning when I arrived at work, he would greet me with a big smile and open arms. He would give me the warmest hug and say, “I love you Miss Bri!” On my birthday, he came over to my room with his class to sing to me. He was having so much fun singing and dancing, and he was the loudest singer there! I will never forget that. This is the Elijah I choose to remember, when he felt happy and safe. Our times together roll through my mind like a movie that never ends. As the one year anniversary of his passing comes this April, please keep his family in your prayers. Precious Elijah was taken from this world too soon. He was such a beautiful person; so loving, caring, and smart. I know he would have done great things in this world. I pray that justice will soon be served. Please remember Elijah and help spread awareness of child abuse by proudly wearing a blue ribbon this month! Rest in peace, sweet child. I think of you all the time my little angel. You will never be forgotten! Love, Miss Bri
Haley Cohen April 13, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I wanted to start by saying that despite what may or may not have happened to him in his short life, Elijah always wore a smile that lit up my classroom. Every morning when I came into work, he came running up to me for a hug. He was such a pleasure to have around and I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to work with him. He was rarely ever in trouble and it was quite evident that he loved to sing and dance, probably thanks to his sister! I have known Elijah's family for about 4 years now, including working with his sister at the YMCA. This was such a tragic thing to happen to this family and all I can do is pray every day that justice is served to the people responsible. I also pray that Tatiana is doing well and will be able to overcome this tragedy in time. It was obvious how close the two were. Tatiana was a GREAT big sister to Elijah from what I saw in pictures and at school. Though we are unable to continue to make new memories with Elijah, it is comforting to remember the things that made him him. Anytime I see something related to Disney's Cars or hear Kesha's song Tik Tok, it brings a tear to my eye as I remember God's most handsome angel who was taken from us way too soon. Rest in peace my little buddy. We all love and miss you greatly. I am wearing my ribbon today and all of April for you. Keep entertaining everyone up in heaven with your awesome dance moves and adorable smile! Love, Miss Haley
Danna Walker April 13, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Thank you for posting your touching memories.
Kandy Leon September 13, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Elijah and his daddy Robert will forever be in my heart, thoughts and prayers. Robert, hold onto Gods promise that you can see Elijah again. I love you my friend.
lerato glory February 08, 2013 at 07:44 AM
I also miss my son who passed on 17 july 2012. He was 26 years old loving person always smiling, he loved cool music so much I don't know what went wrong him to commit suicide. He didn't even left a note why he did that, only god knows why. Omega my son my your soul rest in peace. You left me with questions that I can not answer. He is now an angel watching down over all of his friends and family. I real miss u so much omega till we meet lerato and boitumelo maake


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