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Slain Dubuque teen may have identified shooter before death


The Dubuque teenager killed last weekend in a shooting may have named the person responsible for his death.

On Saturday night, officials say, a trivial dispute at a party lead to a shooting and the death of 15-year-old Marlon Barber Jr. and injury of 16-year-old Demarcus Timmons, both of Dubuque. That was in the 2000 block of Jackson Street and East 21st Street, between Jackson and Washington streets.

Dubuque County prosecutor Ralph Potter said initial information shows Barber, who died at the hospital soon after the shooting, mentioned the name of the person who he believed shot him. This took place in the ambulance before Barber arrived at the hospital.

Potter said the person Barber named, who officials are not identifying, is an acquaintance of Barber's and that some of the individuals involved with the incident are acquaintances who may interact on a daily basis.

Potter said investigators have not uncovered any guns and that Timmons told officials he thought he heard fire from more than one weapon.

The county prosecutor's office has not yet filed any charges and will not comment on exactly when that may happen.

Dubuque police lieutenant Scott Baxter said the case is more complicated than it looks like to outsiders.

Community members with Dubuque's Washington Neighborhood have established a fund in Barber's name.

Laurie Bartolotta, with the Washington Neighborhood group, said the community has done this "with sincere sympathy and with the hope that we will not ever have another tragedy like this happen again in our neighborhood."

To help defray costs associated with the death, community members set up the fund, to which anyone can contribute at any Dubuque Bank and Trust branch.

In the Washington neighborhood, there are DB&T locations at 1398 Central Avenue and 2201 Jackson Street.

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