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Cedar Valley Crimestoppers hope $1,000 will solve Evans homicide


The family of a man shot and killed Sunday in Waterloo believe someone knows who killed their loved one, and they'd like that person to come forward.

They're not the only ones.

Shantorio Evans, 22, was riding in a car with several other people Sunday morning when another car pulled up alongside and a person began shooting. Evans was the only person injured. He later died at Allen Memorial Hospital.

Evans' family stopped by KWWL Monday afternoon to give us information about a vigil they are planning.

They said they can't imagine why someone would want kill their son, brother and friend. But they do think there are people out there who know the shooter.

That's exactly why the Cedar Valley Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

"Some days, I'll come in and there won't be any tips," said Waterloo Police Investigator Brice Lippert, the police liaison for the Cedar Valley Crimestoppers. "Other days we might have five or ten tips."

Since the launch of Cedar Valley Crimestoppers in June, tips have resulted in arrests for theft, fraud, and probation violations.

But other than cold cases, this is the first homicide for which the group is offering its help.

"Essentially, this is the first major test of the program -- and it's a big one," said Lippert.

Evans' case is exactly why the local Crimestoppers group was created, said Lippert. Someone out there knows what happened, but are reluctant to come forward on their own.

"They may not have been there, but they do know something that can solve the crime and bring some closure to this family. For whatever reason, they haven't come forward yet," he said.

"Money is powerful," Lippert added. "With an incentive of a $1,000 paycheck just for calling in -- just calling in with that information -- we hope someone will do the right thing."

Already, several tips have come in related to Evans' homicide. Lippert believes it's just a matter of time before one of them pans out.

"We're really hoping the public has faith in us now that we've been around awhile and they will trust us with the information to forward it on and get an arrest made in this case," said Lippert.

If you have any information about this case, call the Cedar Valley Crimestoppers at 1-855-300-TIPS. (855-300-8477)

Evans' family is planning a prayer vigil and support rally for Shantorio Evans on Tuesday night at Payne Memorial AME Church in Waterloo starting at 6 p.m.

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