ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) - The mother of 7-year-old Xavier Usanga says it’s his smile that will now get them through this difficult time.

Xavier Usanga vigil

“Innocent life gets lost and taken away and it’s unfortunate,” said Dawn Marie Usanga.

Her family was comforted by friends, family, law enforcement and political leaders Wednesday afternoon during Usanga’s vigil.

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Monday, Xavier and his sisters were walking home when they hit by gunfire on 14th Street.

“It’s unfortunate for everyone around, my son is still dead,” said Usanga.

Alderman Brandon Bosley spoke firmly during the vigil.

“We’re hurting as a community,” said Bosley.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police (SLMPD) on Wednesday took a suspect into custody in connection with the shooting.

No other information was released by police.

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