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Family members of beating victim speak out

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Friends and family search for answers tonight after a Waterloo teenager is beaten to death.

It's the 2nd homicide of the year in Waterloo.

Waterloo Police say 18-year old Jasmine Mills died at the hospital early Thursday morning.

They say someone beat her at the Kum N Go store on San Marnan Drive and Kimball Avenue in Waterloo.

Family members say Mills was a young mom, working and going to school to make her life better.

They say she was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

"I'm asking whoever knows what happened to my niece, please come forward. She didn't deserve to go out that way," says Mills aunt, Penny Montgomery.

Family members say their niece was always fun to be around, spontaneous, never boring, very lovable.

But Thursday morning, Mills life ended.

She was beaten to death outside a convenience store.

Now, the family's looking for answers to find out why jasmine is gone.

"She didn't deserve to die the way she did. If you did it, step up and be the bigger person because you'll get your blessings down the line someway somehow. We just don't know when," says Mills aunt, Keisha Montgomery.

Family members admit Mills made mistakes in the past.

Gunmen riddled her car with bullets in a drive-by shooting last month.

But family members say she was raising her 13-month old son Azorion the best she could.

"We love Jasmine. She'll be deeply missed. She was only 18 years old. She didn't make it to christmas to be with her son and she had a lot going on for herself," says Penny Montgomery.

"Why her? I ask myself why her? She's 18. She never got a chance to live to see life. Never live to see 21. Why? Why was it meant for her?" says Keisha Montgomery.

"In my heart, I feel it wasn't meant for Jasmine. It was meant for a whole nother person and she got the worst part of it," says Penny Montgomery.

"We want to know who did it, how and why. Waterloo's talking, somebody knows something," says Keisha Montgomery.

Mills' family says they've heard a lot of rumors about what led to Jasmine's death.

She was actually arrested Wednesday on bad check charges.

It's not clear if that had a role in what happened.

Family members say they want to let law enforcement do their job and arrest whoever killed her.

Mills worked at Harmony House Health Care Center for the last year.

Some of her co-workers there say they still can't believe she's gone.

Funeral arrangements are still pending at Sanders Funeral Service in Waterloo.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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