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Community holds vigil for 1-year-old found dead on New Year's Day

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58)-- Dozens of people came together Friday night to honor the life of 1-year-old baby boy, Alonzo Lamar.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office was called to a home on North 25th Street on Wednesday, Jan. 1 for a suspicious death. The baby’s death is currently being investigated as a homicide.

Baby Alonzo Lamar, known as ‘baby AJ’ to his family members, was a happy baby who always had a smile on his face. It’s been a heartbreaking start to the New Year as family members grieve over the death of baby AJ. The tree in front of his home is adorned with Sesame Street items, which were his favorite.

“He was the happiest precious baby that anybody could meet. If you came around with negative energy, he was for sure to change that spirit,” said baby AJ’s mother, Andreana Martin.

Martin found her son cold and covered in bruises when she got home from work. She says she hasn’t been able to sleep or eat and feels lifeless not having her baby with her.

“I’m not in the same spirit, I feel numb, I feel all types of ways, I just want to be with my baby,” said Martin.

Martin said her son was being watched by her boyfriend James at the time, who told her the baby fell hard. He’s since turned himself in to police.

“I touched his hand, it was real cold, it was like he’d been gone for hours and I hadn’t already known. His mouth was open. I tried to push his lips up, I tried CPR, I tried everything. So after I did that, I immediately just go crazy, like no, not my baby,” added Martin.

People at the vigil lit candles and released Sesame Street balloons to honor baby AJ’s life. Martin says it’s not over until she gets justice for her baby.

“I will be showing up at every court date, because you need to see me. Because there is no reason I should be burying my 1-year-old,” said Martin.

Charges have not yet been filed at this time, but there is a GoFundMe account to help with baby AJ’s funeral costs.

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