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Waterloo Christmas Eve murder still unsolved

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The murder of a Waterloo man on Christmas Eve last year is still a mystery.

52-year-old Randy Dawson was shot and killed in his home around 9:30 Christmas Eve night.

Police have not made any arrests.

Dawson's family will speak at an event about their struggles on Friday. 

KWWL met with Dawson's daughter and girlfriend outside of his former home.

Dawson is remembered as a jokester with a heart which let everyone in.

It's difficult for his daughter to explain why she loved her dad so much without getting a lump in her throat.

"He would give anybody any kind of assistance they need, the shirt off his back. He would take the time to help anyone," said his daughter, Rachel McKinney.

MicKinney came back to her father's home a lot after he was shot to sit and think about his life.

Almost a year ago, his home was wrapped in caution tape, it was an investigation site.

"Every time I think about him I smile," said his girlfriend, Jennifer Becker. "But he was great about being strong and he left a lot of that strength with me."

Strength she now has to give to their two-month-old son.

"I remember him through my child, we just had a baby, and he looks so much like Randy," said Becker.

So much she named him Randy Scott Dawson, after his father.

Becker says she is so grateful she has a piece of Randy forever.

"Our son is doing great and he would be so proud," she said. "I'm going to give our son a great life like I know he wanted."

As for his daughter Rachel, her faith keeps her going, and she wants her dad to know this:

"We love him, but we wish things turned out differently."

McKinney will speak at the National Day of Remembrance Murder Victims Walk in Waterloo this Friday.

She'll tell her story, and then join the family's of other local victims to remember those who lost their lives to murder.

The walk will begin at 5:30 pm at the pavilion in downtown Waterloo.

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