BALTIMORE - Leon Anthony Cannady is a good father, provider and set a positive example in his large Baltimore family.
All of which now gathered in a West Baltimore home mourning a life that senselessly stopped after just 36 years.
"It's serious. We have a great loss and we're very saddened by it," said Cannady’s Aunt Izetta Merritt.
The fact it happened would be enough for his aunt and family, but how it happened and who witnessed it only adds layer upon layer of pain.
His family says Cannady was on his way home from a family gathering in Northeast Baltimore, cutting through Erdman Avenue on his way back toward Towson when he got into a fender bender.
Cannady stopped, got out of the car to exchange insurance.
When the driver in the other vehicle didn't have it, he started walking back to the car with his three and thirteen year old daughter's inside and that is when he was shot in the back...murdered in front of his two girls.
The thirteen year old understands what she saw, the family says she's in shock but violence, loss; absence can be felt at any age.
"His baby girl yesterday, all she kept doing was crying. Any time she heard somebody say daddy, she started crying. And this is a baby, but she felt that loss," Cannady’s aunt said.
That reaction from his daughter, a mere toddler makes this story all the more heartbreaking for this family and their tragedy, but Baltimore city Police are asking them to be patient as they piece together the senselessness of it all.
"What we do know is that this stemmed from some type of road rage incident and really a dishonorable and an intolerable act of violence," said department spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi.
Police won't say much more other than they are looking for at least two suspects and a specific type of van.
We're told that lack of details is because they do have some pretty solid leads in this case and don't want to jeopardize the investigation.
One Cannady's family hopes finds justice but will do little for his five children, especially a toddler who at age three now understands loss.
"She knew he was gone. He wasn't with her and she knows she's never seen that before. She don't know what that look like, and to think she's never gonna see him...."
It is a cold reality almost as painful as the tragedy itself.
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