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Candlelight vigil gathers family and friends of robbery suspects

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Wednesday evening, song and prayer filled the parking lot where Antonio Sproles and Robert Bolden died. According to investigators, the two men were killed by a store clerk as they attempted to rob a Waterloo liquor store.

A few of their friends passed around candles, and everyone took a moment to remember.

"I feel like we gave the family a little bit of closure. Because Robert was my brother. I will always miss him. He will always be remembered in my heart. Tony will always be remembered too. And I love them to death. Somebody took them from me, so now it's time to do something with my life to show them that I'm still in love with them. That I love them to death. And ain't nothing going to tear me apart from them, nothing," said friend Diamond Johnson.

"Me and Tony knew each other since we were little. And Robert... it's just sad," noted friend Renee Ups.

But religious leaders are making sure this is a lesson learned, and not repeated. Reverend William Campbell said he wants mothers to teach their children a better way of life. Campbell held a young child in his arms, and pleaded with the men and women at the vigil.

"This beautiful little child has to grow up here. It wants to ride its bike someday without having to dodge bullets. It wants to grow up and be somebody. It don't want to grow up without a mother or father. Take a good look -- he represents you," said Campbell.

Many disagreed over the clerk's decision to shoot. Some said they understand and may have done the same, others believe the clerk didn't need to kill the two men. But they still mourn the loss of such young members of the community.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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