Mobilians are heartbroken by the worst possible news about the disappearance of 3-year-old Kamille Cupcake McKinney.

The toddler captured the hearts of the nation. From the moments the Amber Alert went out 10 days ago, to the frantic search that followed, everyone was praying and hoping she'd be found safe.

Even Monday night, as the news broke about the finding of her remains, it  weighed heavy on the hearts of people in Mobile.

"That's a hard one right there Toi. It's hard," said Sabrina Mass.

"That's a murdered child and I'm speechless behind that. That's a heartbreaking situation," added Roderick Williams.

Chief Lawrence Battiste reacted to the news by sending out condolences to McKinney's family and the Birmingham Police Department.

"My heart goes out to the family. I can't imagine the pain that they're dealing with right now," said Chief Battiste. "The pain of the department, the men and women that looked for her over the last week. The pain that they're dealing with over the last week, this is really traumatic"

Battiste said this especially weighs heavy on his heart, being in law enforcement.

"We deal with death sometimes in different ways but when we deal with the death of an infant, toddler, it's a different type of pain."

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Toi Thornton is a Reporter. His Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism comes from Dillard University in 2014 and his Master's degree in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University in 2016. He previously worked as the Fox anchor in Lafayette, LA.

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