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NEWORLEANS-- On Thursday night, a candlelight vigil was held in Algiers for a father and his 7-month-old son who were gunned down near the Crescent City Connection Bridge.

The NOPD now says the double murder was sparked by an on-going gang feud.

'He didn't deserve this, he hadn't even started crawling yet. Why would you all do this?,' said Amy Kinard about the baby she lost too soon. Seven-month-old Deshawn Kinard didn't get a chance to walk, or celebrate his first birthday, his mother's anguish could be felt by all.

'The hurt and the pain you've brought upon them, you wouldn't want this on no one, not even your own family,' said Betty Russell, addressing the crowd of mourners.

The NOPD says 25-year-old Deshawn Butler and his son were killed after someone opened fire on the car they were riding in. The shootout unfolding around 9 p.m. Wednesday night in the 2100 block of General de Gaulle Drive. Police say the infant was in his car seat, in the backseat, when a single bullet struck him in the head. His father riddled by bullets died at the scene.

Detectives believe the gunman and Butler may have known each other.

'Anybody out there that knows what happened I'm asking them to come forward because it could be your family next. It's ours now, but it could be yours tomorrow,' said Russell.

Butler's Aunt led the candlelight vigil and talked about what's become an all too common theme on the streets of New Orleans. 'It's time for us to stop. All of our black men are just going down and being shot like dogs on the street,' said Russell.

'There's nothing I can say right now that would be of help. They're still in the state of shock,' said Patricia Watson who showed up to the vigil. She runs Family Center of Hope, which offers a support group to grieving mothers across the city. The Center lets devastated families know they're not alone.

'I really don't like these talks and welcoming another mother in our group. Somebody has to do something,' said Watson.

Police say they're looking for information about a black SUV with a silver bumper spotted at the scene.

A $15,000 reward is being offered for information that can help solve this case. If you can help detectives call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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