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Friends remember slain Waterloo man as shooting investigation continues

Friends remember slain Waterloo man as shooting investigation continues

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WATERLOO | Friends and family are struggling to find answers after a Waterloo man was shot and killed outside a party over the weekend.

Those who knew Norman Carroll Gant Jr. gathered near the family home at the corner of East Fourth and Ricker streets Monday night for a candlelight vigil.

“I feel my brother didn’t deserve to be killed,” said Tanesha Keys, one of his older sisters.

Police said they were called to reports of gunfire outside a party in the 1800 block of Tremont Street in Cedar Falls at about 1:35 a.m. Sunday. When officers arrived, they found Gant laying a yard. Paramedics took him to Sartori Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Another sister, Laniya Keys, heard the tragic news in a phone call. She said her brother died too young.

The youngest of seven siblings, Gant was born in Minnesota. The family moved to Waterloo when he was in first grade. He graduated from East High School and was scheduled to start a job at Tyson Fresh Meats this week, his sisters said.

Only a few months past his 21st birthday, Gant was studying business at Kaplan University in Cedar Falls.

Laniya Gant said he dreamed of owning his own business.

“He just wanted to be the boss,” she said.

Relatives said they don’t know anything about what lead up to Sunday’s shooting.

“We really don’t have any information on the situation. I just know it was a house party,” Tanesha said.

The sisters said Gant wasn’t the kind to look for trouble. He hung out with his friends and loved video games and basketball. Being a fan of the Miami Heat, he was usually indoors watching games every weekend during the season.

No arrests have been made in the shooting, but the investigation is ongoing.

“We continue to follow-up and investigate leads,” said Capt. Craig Berte with the Cedar Falls Police Department. He said an autopsy was conducted Sunday at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny.

Authorities are receiving a lot of calls about the slaying, Berte said.

He confirmed there was a party in the area, but said the exact connection to the shooting wasn’t clear.

“There was a small gathering at a house adjacent to where that happened,” Berte said. He said it’s possible the shooter, the victim or others involved were leaving or arriving at the party.

Cedar Falls police said they don’t believe the public is at risk but aren’t releasing any further details.

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