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Weekend slaying was second tragedy for Waterloo family

WATERLOO — When Dayton Matlock-Buss was shot and killed in a Waterloo neighborhood over the weekend, it was the second time in less that decade that his family lost a member to gun violence.

Waterloo police continue to investigate the early Saturday shooting on Grant Avenue that took Matlock-Buss’ life and sent two others to the hospital. Officers said neighbors called about gunfire in the area around 3:30 a.m., and they found Matlock-Buss, age 23, dead in an alley next to 1408 Grant.

One person is dead and two others injured following an early morning shooting in Waterloo, Iowa. The identities of the victims weren’t immediately available, but police said one man died and two women were taken to a local hospital with gunshot wounds. The women’s injuries don’t appear to be life threatening, according to police. The shooting erupted round 3:30 a.m. Saturday in the 1400 block of Grant Avenue. When officers arrived, they found the man collapsed in a gravel alley next to 1408 Grant. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to officers.

No arrests have been made, and investigators are still trying to piece together the details of what happened.

Friends and relatives paid honor to Matlock-Buss with a vigil Saturday night just outside the crime scene tape, said his aunt, Latina Walker.

“He had his flaws, but he was perfect for us,” Walker said.

The slaying is the second tragedy in recent years for the family.

In 2012, Matlock-Buss’s grandmother, Kay Straw, 59, was shot and killed following a domestic dispute.

Straw’s daughter, Marlene Buss, had broken up with boyfriend Kevin Ambrose and filed a restraining order against him in May 2012. Ambrose armed himself with a pistol returned to the Newell Street home where they had been living. He killed Straw and shot Buss in the back as she ran, wounding her. Ambrose also attempted to shoot another man at the home, but the handgun malfunctioned.

A jury found Ambrose guilty of murder and attempted murder, and he was sentenced to life in prison.


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