WATERLOO, Iowa --- Friends and family of a Waterloo man who was killed in a drive-by shooting over the weekend called on the community to stop the violence.
Shantorio Evans, 22, died Sunday when someone fired upon a van where he was a passenger. He later died at a nearby hospital.
It was the second tragedy in three weeks. On Nov. 18, Derrick Ambrose was shot and killed by a police officer who responded to a disturbance outside a nightclub and saw him waving a gun at a crowd.
“At some point, we need to stop this senseless killing,” Pastor Steve Perkins said Tuesday as relatives and friends of Evans gathered at Payne AME Church for a vigil and a show of support.
“You got to learn to maintain your composure,” said William Burt, Evans’s oldest brother. “Guns. Violence. Just aren’t the right way.”
As candles flickered in front of a collage of photos from Evans’s life, William Burt asked the 70 or so people in attendance to be a light shining the way for others.
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“You got kids, you got nieces and nephews. We’re getting away from being role models. In the ‘60s, you didn’t see all this because the neighborhood raised the kids,” William Burt said.
Evans’s mother, Angela Burt, said her son was close to God in life, and he’s now in a safe place.
“I miss him, but I’m not worried about him,” Angela Burt said.
Speaking to the young people in the crowd, Rev. Willie Campbell of Cathedral of Faith Church said everyone had potential and he cautioned them to steer clear of negative influences. You need to be around people who will help you achieve your goals, he told them.
A wake for Evans will be Thursday with services on Friday.
No arrests have been made in the slaying, and police encourage anyone with information in the case to call the Waterloo Police Department at 291-4333, ext. 3222, or Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at (855) 300-TIPS (8477).