WATERLOO - Those who knew Taveros Galloway said they are puzzled over why someone would want to kill the 29-year-old Waterloo father.
"He got along with everybody, that's why this didn't make any sense to us, why somebody would take his life. He didn't bother anybody," said Betty Dedrick, Galloway's aunt.
Nation of Islam Minister Michael Muhammad said Galloway was soft spoken and wasn't a troublemaker. He asked people to remember him for his heart.
Police said Galloway was driving in the 500 block of Courtland Street at about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday when someone fired at his GMC Yukon.
The sport utility vehicle continued on for about two blocks before coming to a stop on the sidewalk in the 300 block.
An autopsy by the State Medical Examiner's Office determined Galloway died of a single gunshot wound to the head, according to the Waterloo Police Department.
No arrests have been made, and the case remains under investigation.
On Wednesday night, more than 70 people gathered at the scene of the crime to call for a halt to the violence.
Some were relatives of Galloway, some knew his family. And others had never heard of him. They stuck a wooden cross in a snowbank, carried signs declaring "Let there be peace on Earth" and "Pray for Peace."
"Another young brother has lost his life to the streets," Muhammad said during the prayer vigil. "We have to take a stance."
"We're sick and tired of violence in our community, and we want it to end, and we want it to end now," said Rev. Belinda Creighton-Smith of Faith Temple Baptist Church. "And we want to make a public statement that we're not going to accept any more violence."
Sharon Goodson of the Black Hawk County chapter of the NAACP said community leaders have tried different ways to reach young people in attempts to reduce violence with little success. She asked youth not to hesitate to seek help from a church when they have problems.
Family members remembered Galloway as always joking. They called him "Dino" after the cartoon character Dino the Dinosaur on The Flintstones.
"He just looked like that little cartoon character when he was little," Dedrick said.
His uncle, Sam Brandt, described Galloway as a hard worker at Brandt's Salt-N-Pepper Foods on Park Road. He started when the place opened in July but left about three months ago.
"Probably one of the better workers I had here. He'd get them orders out quick," Brandt said.
Another of Galloway's aunts said she saw him just hours before he died.
"He had just left my house early that evening. He came over and had dinner with me and sat around with me for a little while," said Gloria Galloway.
She said he left about 7 p.m. Family members got the call that he died at about 11:30 p.m. and went down to the scene.
"It was his vehicle, and he wouldn't answer his phone," Dedrick said. "The officers told us what clothing he had on, so we knew it was him."
Police are asking anyone with information on the crimes to call the Waterloo Police Department at (319) 291-4333, option #4, for the Investigation Division.
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