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Gun violence takes three young lives in Waterloo this year

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A weekend shooting marked the third murder in Waterloo this year; all three victims to gun violence. The young victims were just 21, 22, and 19--years old.

In 2014, one of Waterloo's deadliest years on record, only one of the six people murdered that year was under the age of 25.

Investigators working diligently to collect evidence knowing there is a family looking for answers.

This weekend, it was Talasa Wright's family left wondering why she was gunned down in a car.

Only two weeks earlier, Darrell Lanier's family was asking the same questions as they spent days by his hospital bed.

And nearly 5 months to the day, Otavious Brown's parents are grieving the loss of their son, who was fatally shot in the chest in July.

Community leader Pastor Quovadis Marshall, better known as Pastor Q to the Cedar Valley, is addressing the pain and frustration these murders have brought.

"We look at a life that was full of hope, but that for extenuating circumstances didn't get to live for its full potential. But I think even in that for the rest of us, hopefully, it is a wake up call; an alarm so to speak. Not only is life precious, but life is full of potential and what we do today affects what happens in the life of our young people tomorrow," said Pastor Q.

It has been said nearly every time we have a tragedy like this, but it still rings true. The solution to this gun violence doesn't weigh solely on the police department, but on a community as a whole.

"I would say, don't give up. There is hope for our young people. We have got to believe in them when they don't believe in themselves. I would say, look at them and tell them they can do anything and they can be anything. I believe, if we can do that day by day, day in and day out, time by time, I think we will see a change," said Pastor Q.

Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka says the department is receiving a lot of tips about the November murders.

Earlier this year, police arrested four in connection to Otavious Brown's murder.

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