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Person of interest sought in Waterloo homicide

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Police in Waterloo say they've identified a person of interest in a deadly shooting Saturday.

The victim, 23-year-old Orintheo Campbell, Jr., died after being shot outside a convenience store on Broadway Street around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, as police responded to a shots fired call.

When they got to the scene, it was about the same time Campbell showed up at a Waterloo hospital with a gunshot wound.

Police say Campbell was in the parking lot of the Prime Mart along with a group of other people when a fight broke out.

They say it only took a short time before the fight ended in gunfire and Campbell's death.

"My brother wasn't a bad person. They just took him for no reason. They just took him," said Campbell's sister, Shaunte.

She says her family has been struggling since her brother was shot and killed.

She says Orintheo was trying to break up a fight between girls when another man pulled out a gun and shot him.

Campbell was a 2010 graduate of Waterloo East High and an aspiring rapper.

"They just took away somebody that wasn't a bad person. My brother he was the greatest person. All these people that are happy he's gone, I don't understand why. My brother never did anything to you guys. He didn't even really talk and he didn't do anything," said Shaunte Campbell.

Police say their investigation has been promising but they're hoping more witnesses will come forward to bring the gunman to justice.

"We're continuing to do follow-up. Talking with witnesses that were in the parking lot, trying to track down the people that were there to determine who was the actual shooter in this situation," said Capt. Dave Mohlis of the Waterloo Police Department.

Police don't think there's a danger to the general public.

For the Campbell family, it's the second relative to die from violence.

Orintheo's cousin, Daequan Campbell, died in a shooting on Langley Road in Waterloo about a year ago.

"Orintheo was not a bad person. There's not a perfect person that walks the Earth. If anybody wants to do us a favor, stop the violence because our family can't stand another one," said Campbell's uncle, Alston Campbell II.

The Campbell family plans to hold a candlelight vigil to remember Orintheo Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Prime Mart at 508 Broadway Street.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Sanders Funeral Service.

This is the 5th homicide in Waterloo in 2014.

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