WATERLOO, Iowa --- Police have released the cause of death in the case of a Waterloo teen who died Sunday after he was found unconscious Friday morning.

Officials with the Iowa Medical Examiner's Office determined Marcellus Andrews, 19, of Waterloo, died of blunt force trauma to his head, police said Tuesday.

No arrests have been made, and officers are still investigating the incident.

Witnesses had told The Courier that people involved in the fight had taunted Andrews with anti-gay slurs, but police said none of the witnesses mentioned the slurs in interviews with detectives.

Police also said that anti-gay sentiment wasn't behind the assault.

According to police, Andrews was at a friend's house in the 200 block of Cottage Street shortly before 1 a.m. Friday when people in a vehicle pulled up, and a fight ensued. Paramedics flew Andrews to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, and he died Sunday afternoon after he was removed from life support.

His funeral is scheduled for Saturday.

(9) comments

Justfortoday

So now there wasn't any gay slur? So were there girls lying then? Is this gang related? drug related? Stay tuned, there's a lot more to this story.

waterlooexport

If the accounts of the story are all true; mainly the gay slurs, this is a black eye for the area. The State better be willing to push for a hate crime enhancement. This situation would be an excellent opportunity for us to show our teeth. It's terribly sad that this had to happen to this young man and my heart goes out to his family and friends.

cabmom

These animals need to be put away for the rest of their lives so no other family or community has to deal with this type of inhumanity!

I Scream In The Sun
I Scream In The Sun

waterlooexport: This is starting to sound like it will end up being like the Matthew Shepard murder: As soon as people start mentioning that the victim may have been homosexual, THEN suddenly it becomes a media feeding frenzy as this "must" be the motivation for this murder, making it "definitely" a hate crime. Nevermind that in reality, it may have been just a simple smaller crime originally intended which then in the heat of the moment escalated in violence to becoming a murder. No, because that's not juicy enough of a story.

Just because a victim has attributes which make them part of a legally "protected group" (such as sexuality, race, etc, anything you can commit a "hate crime" against) does not mean that we should be so narrow-minded as to assume that this is the only aspect about them which is of any importance, and thus defines them, and thus serves as the base for any action against this person. If a person gets rear ended in traffic, they don't get out of the car and say "You just hit me because I'm (protected group)".

If this fight and subsequent killing stemmed from people persecuting Andrews on the basis of perceived homosexuality, then yes by all means the charges of hate crimes should be brought. However, as there is questionable merit to the claims that this was the actual motivation of the confrontation, it is beginning to sound like the tragic case of Matthew Shepard, where after-the-fact people begin mentioning things to purposefully make it sound more like a hate crime, and thus the moral progressives latch on and seek to crucify anyone for this "crime of intolerance" as it is the epitome of moral crusading. Because if you can get the people convicted and harshly punished under hate crime laws, then THAT will send a message to society that discrimination is totally bad and needs to stop right now! So nevermind if the victim was an actual person and not just "a person of a protected status" who therefore MUST have been victimized as a result.

It will be interesting to see how this pans out. One side looking at the facts and evidence where the police say there was nothing to support suspicion that this was a hate crime, until all these after-the-fact comments start coming in, versus those who are certain that if the victim is part of protected class, then they MUST have been attacked as a hate crime, because that protected class is the only significant aspect about them.

gramma of 2

Doesn't make any difference if he was gay or not someone needs to pay for this young man's death! Hopefully they catch them.

mineral
mineral

I Just want JUSTICE FOR MARCELLUS, All of them held countable for there actions, If they did not show up at that house and started to provoke them to fight in the first place this young man with such a bright future ahead of him would not be dead, Arrest them all and charge them. What did these young people think was going to happen when they pulled up, and started to yell at these young men, they were looking to start a fight with them in the first place.

reojoe
reojoe

[quote]I Scream In The Sun said: "waterlooexport: This is starting to sound like it will end up being like the Matthew Shepard murder: As soon as people start mentioning that the victim may have been homosexual, THEN suddenly it becomes a media feeding frenzy as this "must" be the motivation for this murder, making it "definitely" a hate crime. Nevermind that in reality, it may have been just a simple smaller crime originally intended which then in the heat of the moment escalated in violence to becoming a murder. No, because that's not juicy enough of a story.Just because a victim has attributes which make them part of a legally "protected group" (such as sexuality, race, etc, anything you can commit a "hate crime" against) does not mean that we should be so narrow-minded as to assume that this is the only aspect about them which is of any importance, and thus defines them, and thus serves as the base for any action against this person. If a person gets rear ended in traffic, they don't get out of the car and say "You just hit me because I'm (protected group)".If this fight and subsequent killing stemmed from people persecuting Andrews on the basis of perceived homosexuality, then yes by all means the charges of hate crimes should be brought. However, as there is questionable merit to the claims that this was the actual motivation of the confrontation, it is beginning to sound like the tragic case of Matthew Shepard, where after-the-fact people begin mentioning things to purposefully make it sound more like a hate crime, and thus the moral progressives latch on and seek to crucify anyone for this "crime of intolerance" as it is the epitome of moral crusading. Because if you can get the people convicted and harshly punished under hate crime laws, then THAT will send a message to society that discrimination is totally bad and needs to stop right now! So nevermind if the victim was an actual person and not just "a person of a protected status" who therefore MUST have been victimized as a result.It will be interesting to see how this pans out. One side looking at the facts and evidence where the police say there was nothing to support suspicion that this was a hate crime, until all these after-the-fact comments start coming in, versus those who are certain that if the victim is part of protected class, then they MUST have been attacked as a hate crime, because that protected class is the only significant aspect about them."[/quote]

Translation: I hate people who are different than m, and they have coming to them whatever comes to them for being different.

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

cubbies08

Whether it is a hate crime or not, dead is dead. Everything this young man had or ever will have was taken away from him and his family. Nothing can ever change that. Let's just hope the individuals are found and properly escorted to a prison of our selection.

mineral
mineral

JUSTICE FOR MARCELLUS

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