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UPDATE: Waterloo teen dies of injuries sustained in beating

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A Waterloo teenager has died after being severely beaten early Friday morning.  Police say 19-year-old Marcellus Andrews was repeatedly punched and kicked just before 1 a.m. in the 200 block of Cottage Street in Waterloo.  It's not known how many people were involved in the fight.  But Andrews' injuries were so serious he was taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.  He died of his injuries Saturday.

The incident is especially tough to handle for a local church group.

"When I read Marcellus' name, I just broke down and started crying," said Pat Bower.

Pat Bower leads Waterloo's Union Baptist Crusaders, a local drill team that Andrews has belonged to for 10 years.  What's most bothersome to her about what's happened is that Andrews has never been one to get into trouble.

"There must have been some sort of disagreement with someone, now that I can see.  But not for him to start the disagreement because that's just not Marcellus," Bower said.

The tragedy came just as the Crusaders were preparing for a competition Saturday night.  And Bower says it won't be easy to carry on without Andrews leading the step line.  But she knows that the support team members offer each other will help them get through.

"I would love to get them to practice.  It might take their mind off it for a moment.  But I know for our step line it won't because he's a part of that group and in those formations and taught those girls.  I'm not sure how it's going to work.  Because you know all of the children, everybody likes Marcellus," said Bower.

They hope anyone with information about what unfolded along Cottage Street will come forward.

"If anybody knows anything or the truth of the matter, of anything that happened, let them know.  Because all of these things that go on are just not called for in our community," Bower said.

If you have any information about what happened to him, call Waterloo Police.

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