PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A vigil was held tonight for a toddler who was shot and killed when someone opened fire at a crowded picnic in East Hills earlier this week.

It’s been two days since 1-year-old Marcus White, Jr. was shot and killed in a hail of gunfire on East Hills Drive at a picnic.

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“It’s time for the community to come forward. Right now, there’s a baby dead,” said Pa. Rep. Ed Gainey.

It was a shooting that broke the hearts of the boy’s family members and outraged an entire community.

On Friday night, both came together for a vigil just steps from where the shooting took place.

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They called for peace as they try and find some answers for a family left wondering why and how this could happen. They also called for justice to find the shooter or shooters.

“It’s heartbreaking for more than just the family, to all of us. This is senseless. They’re have been too many deaths,” said City Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess. “It’s time to get justice for the innocent, and the innocent is this baby. We need the community to come forth and testify.”

For the family, a toddler is gone and two others remain in the hospital. They are planning a funeral and nursing the others back to health while still battling to understand why.

“I’m not angry because it makes me feel like I might be questioning God, and I’m not going to do that, but my heart is broken,” said Colleen Smith, the victim’s great-grandmother.

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