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Candlelight vigil held for Waterloo murder victim


More than 100 people attended a candlelight vigil to remember 17-year-old Martavious Johnson.

Johnson was shot and killed Thursday evening in the 500 block of Sumner St. in Waterloo.

His friends and family believe the shooting occurred over an innocent joke.

A joke making fun of the long-time rift between Waterloo's east side and the city's west side.

But those attending the vigil say Waterloo is one city and should be unified against further violence.

Family, friends, ministers, and others urged anyone who would listen to end the violence.

They say Johnson was a good athlete and a jokester who had a lot of friends.

 "We want everybody to be calm. We don't want anybody to rush to judgment. We want to let justice take its course and we want everybody to be at peace and let the judicial system deal with this problem," said Johnson's father, Willie Johnson.

Many in the group were fellow high school students.

Some have even made t-shirts remembering Martavious.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Sanders Funeral Service.

Many in the crowd seemed to know who shot Johnson but so far, police have not made any arrests.

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