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UPDATE: Waterloo man dies 15 years after being injured in shooting, family wants answers

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UPDATE: An area man's death may change the way local police are investigating, but it doesn't take any of the hurting away from the victim's family.

Waterloo Police say 45-year-old Shawn North recently died from complications from gunshot wounds he suffered 15 years ago. While the case has been cold as an assault investigation, it has now been re-classified as a homicide.

Shawn North's life was forever changed in May of 2001. He told police two men wanted to steal his truck, but when he denied they shot him in his driveway. The suspects took off, leaving the car but taking Shawn's independence. He was paralyzed from the armpits down.

His sister Sherry Powers says, "He was my younger brother and I loved him. I took care of him. No one else would come in the middle of the night or holidays or weekends...but I did."

It's been 15 years of complications and infections, adding to their heartache.

His sister Toinya North says, "Thankfully he didn't die but then you question the quality of life he had. He was never the same...you could never be the same."

Ultimately, a complication from one of his gunshot wounds killed him in August.

Powers says, "I still call him all the time and I walk outside to his house at 3 in the morning." She pauses, "but he is in a better place,  he is not hurting and he is walking."

Investigators are looking at this as a homicide now.

Toinya says, "Police are switching the columns from aggravated assault to now homicide. That hurts, he is not just a column, not a statistic, this is real life."

Investigators are hoping with new light on this case now that new information will come up. If you have any information please call police.


WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) -- Authorities are re-examining a 15-year-old shooting because an Iowa man wounded in the incident recently died from complications related to the gunshot wounds.

Police reclassified the unsolved case as a homicide instead of an assault.

Police Capt. David Mohlis says investigators will talk to witnesses and try to identify any potential leads in the case.

Sherry Powers says she is just trying to adjust to the loss of her younger brother, Shawn Michael North. Powers has been helping care for her brother, who was paralyzed after the shooting, since 2001.

North died Aug. 30 at age 45. Then a medical examiner determined in late October that North's death was related to the shooting.

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