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Beloit community members gather to honor the memory of slain 5-year-old


Beloit Police are still piecing together the events that led up to a little boy's death Friday night.

A shooting took the life 5-year-old Austin Ramos Jr. Tonight, loved ones, friends, and law enforcement lit candles and spoke out about the tragedy at a prayer vigil.  It was held at the intersection where Austin was shot. 

"It's disgusting and unacceptable that an innocent 5-year-old boy is the victim of this type of violence," says event organizer Pastor Michael Ramsdail. 

Some of Austin's family members were at the event.  They struggled to put the tragedy into words. 

"He just started school," says relative Luis Pineea. "Now there's an empty bed and an empty heart because of a senseless act of violence. A beautiful little boy lost his life because someone decided to take out a gun and shoot."

According to Beloit Police, Friday night Austin was shot and killed while riding in a car with his dad.  Interim Police Chief David Zibolski says a maroon SUV had been following their car when it pulled up alongside them and opened fire. 

It's unknown how many shots were fired or if Austin's father was the intended target of this shooting.  Police are still trying to find the SUV. 

"Cops and detectives have just been working feverishly since Friday night," says Zibolski.  "We're going to keep pounding every investigative lead we have until we solve this case."

But police say they can't do this alone.  They need your help to track down who's responsible. 

"I believe the biggest piece out there is going to be some community member coming forward and saying, 'Hey, this is what I know or, here's  the person involved,' and we can take it from there."

Anyone with information is urged to call the Beloit Police Department at (608) 364-6800. 


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