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Family and friends remember Waterloo murder victim with vigil

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Family and friends came together Sunday evening to remember a Waterloo murder victim.

18-year-old Daequan Campbell was shot and killed Thursday night outside a Waterloo apartment complex. Police think he was driving a car when someone shot him.

Campbell's grandfather, Kevin Butler, says his grandson was taken from him far to soon.

"18 years? Just to remember 18 years? I want to remember 40, 50, 60 years," said Butler. 

Sunday night, a candlelight vigil was held for Campbell near the place he was killed. Butler along with dozens of other family members and friends came together to remember the teen who they say always had a smile on his face.

"He touched a lot of people's lives, children's lives, mom and dads lives. He just touched everybody," said Chantelle Bentley, Campbell's cousin.

Campbell's family says he had a bright future. He graduated from high school and started taking classes at Hawkeye Community College.

Now, his family is planning his funeral.

"I don't want this to happen to anybody else. I don't want anybody's family to go through what we just went through. I just want peace," said Butler.

Campbell's family says Sunday night's vigil wasn't just to remember the teen, but to encourage others to stop the violence. 

"It's time for us to come together as a community and it's time for our young people to pull their pants up to be a man, pull their pants up to be a woman and talk things out because we see now that gun violence is not solving anything," said Joyce Wilder, Campbell's cousin.

They say the hope is for anyone with information about Campbell's murder to come forward so justice will be served.

As for now, Butler hopes others will contact their loved ones.

"If you haven't spoke to them in a while just call them to say I love you. Make sure you do because one day you might not be able to do that," said Butler.

Funeral services for Campbell will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Waterloo with a visitation from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday evening.

Also, a fund for the family has been established at Wells Fargo Bank on West Fifth Street in Waterloo.


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