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Waterloo community comes together for cook out

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After a string of violence in April, people in Waterloo are working to bridge the gap between the community and authorities.

At Lafayette Park Saturday, police, firefighters and residents joined together for a grill-out.

Marshon Glover, Jr., the 4-year-old who was shot in the stomach last month, was the guest of honor.

People at the event said they're just happy to hear children's laughter, and not gunshots.

"It's very exciting to see the community come together, even though it took something tragic to happen," said Marshon's grandmother, Latoya Godfrey.

One month ago, Marshon caught the stray bullet in his stomach.

But he's tough, nothing is slowing him down, and that's why he was the guest of honor at the cook out--which was the brainchild of Waterloo man Kris Jones.

"It's just nice to see all these people out here smiling," said Jones.

Jones says he also set up the event so people in the community could get to know who serves them.

"When a cop comes to your house, it's usually for something bad, when a fireman comes to your house, it's because someone is sick or the house is on fire," said Chief of Police Dan Trelka.

Trelka says he's sick of seeing that pattern, and that's why his department has stepped up.

Since April 1, police seized 12 guns and have put 80 people--all who which were involved in violent crime--in jail.

As for Marshon Glover, Jr., the person who shot him is still at large.

Glover's family continues to call for those who know what happened to report it.

"People need to realize police can't do everything, people need to speak up, if you know  what's going on, say something," said Godfrey.

She said it needs to be a collaborative effort, and events like this are a good start.

"We got a rhythm going, and this is a softer side to that rhythm," said Trelka.

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