Cousin of 3-year-old killed: his 'life barely started'

As the reward offered for information rises to $10,000, the family of a 3-year-old killed in a drive-by shooting remains heartbroken and searching for answers.

Christian Miller, lovingly known as CJ, was shot an killed last week around 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 near Southfield and Plymouth Road. Police said a vehicle pulled up next to the one he was riding in and a suspect fired a single shot. His godmother was driving and exited the freeway, parking at a BP gas station. 

"He was such a sweet child," said his sister Tatiyana Clark. "And he was always happy."


His only worry included the next time he was going to play at Chuck E Cheese's. His favorite song to sing was his ABC's.

"He was just a baby. Innocent.Lfe barely started," said his cousin, Tanisha Crawford.

Christian was on the way to see Sesame Street Live when the incident happened. The suspect is still currently at large.

"Worst day of my life to lose my son like this," said his father, Richard Miller.

But before the case grows cold, Crime Stoppers of Michigan upped the ante on Monday, offering a $10,000 reward to find that shooter.

"To lose a 3-year-old boy, Christian Miller, in this way, just tears at your heart," said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

The bullet had hit the car, then pierced his car seat and Christian was struck between his shoulder blades.

"She was crying and I'm like what's wrong. She kept crying, she said Christian'd been shot. I couldn't believe it," said mother Tomika Whitley.

The little boy died in the hospital the next day. Police said that driver is described as a light skinned man with a full beard, and was driving a silver four-door sedan, possibly a 2014 to 2016 Mercedes.

"Do not hide this guy ... He took my child, now it's time for him to pay the price," Miller said.

Michigan State Police said they're investigating this from all angles, road rage or a random act, or a purposeful one. Police already receiving roughly 40 tips.

Crime Stoppers is offering another $1,000, making that $11,000 reward for information leading to an arrest before midnight. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-SPEAK-UP. You will remain anonymous.

"Please say something. It's not going to bring him back, but it will stop him from doing this to another child," Tomika said.

Click here to visit the family's GoFundMe.