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Family of Shooting Victim Asks for Peace
WATERLOO, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- The family of 18-year-old Daequan Campbell is still grieving tonight.
It hurts, I'm crushed actually, said Kevin Butler, Campbells grandfather. My grandson is gone.
Police say the teen was shot in a parking lot behind this apartment complex on Langley Road last Thursday. He was pronounced dead at Covenant Medical Center a short time later.
The doctor told us he was gone, they couldn't save him, and the bullet went straight through his heart, his cousin Chantelle Bentley said.
Now all his family has are pictures of the teen, nicknamed Bubba G. The pictures show a teen with a bright smile.
When he walks in through that room, he's got that smile, nothing bothers him, always happy, Butler said.
He was also a young man with an even brighter future.
Started Hawkeye Community College in August of this year, so he was headed on the right track, Bentley said
Campbell's family says his death is a reflection of the worsening crime situation in the city, with 6 homicides last year, and 5 so far in 2013, among other crimes.
We have had our fair share of violence, including gun violence, said Investigator Brice Lippert with Waterloo PD.
Lippert says it needs help from the public to solve cases like this. They've already received several tips for this case online and by phone, but not everyone is willing to step up.
Code on the street is I'm gonna be a snitch, Lippert said. Some of them may fear retaliation.
Campbell's family says something must be done to change the culture of violence.
Shooting at people's houses, there's babies, kids, mothers, grandmothers, and they're not caring, Bentley said. We just want everybody to put the guns down.
Police say they have several strong leads they are following, but theyre still looking for any information related to the case. You can contact Waterloo PD investigations at (319) 291-4340 ext. 5003. Campbell's family has an account set up in his name at Wells Fargo if you would like to help the family out with funeral expenses.