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Family of shot child condemn Waterloo violence

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When bullets tore through the front of a Waterloo home and struck four-year-old Marshon Glover, Jr., the world changed for Latoya Godfrey.

"It was as if time stood still, and all I could do was keep calm and breathe," Godfrey, the boy's grandmother, said.

"I would never forget my daughter crying, and saying, 'Not my baby, not my baby,'" she said.

Glover was shot in the stomach last week. He survived the immediate surgery, and was released from the hospital Tuesday. His injuries were serious, but he is expected to make a full recovery.

Today, for the first time since those shots rang out, the family made their voices heard. In a press conference in the front yard of the home where the boy was shot, they spoke out against the violence. The bullet hole loomed behind them, a reminder in the siding.

"A four year old baby. A four year old baby could have lost his life," said Rev. Michael Muhammad, community activist. "This story would be totally different today."

Muhammad said this has to be the last straw, as the injures from Waterloo violence rack up.

"There have been three to four shootings as I understand it today, and this behavior has to stop," he said.

Now, Godfrey said they boy's parents are terrified to return to the home, only stopping by to pick up some clothes.

"When they pulled up, [my daughter] was scared to get out of the car, and she doesn't want to stay here," said Godfrey. "She's with me right now."

So the family, along with Waterloo Police, ask that if you saw something, say something. So far, police are unable to publicly identify a suspect.

Cedar Valley Crimestoppers are offering a cash reward of $1000 for information leading to an arrest. Tipsters can remain anonymous and call 855-300-8477, or text the word CEDAR and the information to 274637, or visit cvcrimestop.com.

Those with information can also call Waterloo Police at 319-291-4340, ext. 7.

"Because if you know who did this, and you're staying silent, you're just as guilty as the person that pulled the trigger," Godfrey said.

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