As the day designated for love and togetherness drew to a close Wednesday, the life of a three-year-old girl was cut short by brazen gunmen as she walked with her stepfather in Annotto Bay, St Mary.
Residents have identified the child as Kalecia Matthews of Cane Lane in the parish.
According to initial reports, sometime after 9 pm, the little girl was walking home in the company of her stepfather, when hoodlums opened gunfire at them before fleeing the area.
The little girl was subsequently found suffering from a gunshot wound to her upper body. She was rushed to the hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.
No motive has been established for the Valentine's Day gun attack in a town that has seen several gruesome murders over the years, including a triple murder last August.
Police are currently investigating.