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WATERLOO - Neighbors who lived near John Marvin Parham Jr. said they heard him talking with someone outside his home about an hour before he was gunned down Thursday morning.

It sounded like a serious - but not angry - discussion, said John Gaines, who lives near the Ricker Street home where Parham was shot about 1:15 a.m.

Another neighbor, Freda, who declined to give her last name, said she heard Parham talking in a serious tone.

About an hour later, she was jarred from her sleep by the sound of gunfire.

"It was like it was right in my ear," Freda said. She counted about six shots.

Gaines said the reports came too fast for him to keep track.

Both neighbors said it was surprisingly quiet once the shots faded. There was no screaming or yelling.

Parham, 58, died a short time later at Allen Hospital.

Terence Terril Dixon, 27, of 1762 Flower St., who was with Parham in front of Parham's house also was shot.

"They were sitting on the steps on Ricker when someone came around the corner and shot them," said Capt. Tim Pillack with the Waterloo Police Department.

Parham was hit a number of times in the torso.

Dixon fled and was found about two blocks away at 315 Quincy St. with gunshot wounds to his left arm and abdomen.

The gunman ran off before police arrived.

Dixon underwent surgery at Covenant Medical Center Thursday.

Investigators believe the attacker used a handgun, and officers found a number of spent shell casings in the area.

Police are asking people to come forward with information.

"There has to be some witnesses out there that know what's going on," Pillack said. "We need to talk to them."

Parham's brother Reginald Parham said the victim was someone who was trying to work with young people to keep them from making the same mistakes he did.

"He wasn't an angel, but people loved him," Reginald Parham said. "He had the wisdom about him, and he was able to connect with them."

They called him "Uncle" and "O.G.," which, his brother said, stood for "Old Guy."

John Parham had served two prison stints in his early years, and he tried convey that incarceration wasn't a badge of honor but a lifelong obstacle to employment.

Freda said she didn't know a lot about her neighbor. They would wave "hi" when they passed.

"He was a very nice person," she said, recounting how he helped her when her car was stuck in the snow.

She said she was shocked to know that a violent crime unfolded right outside her window.

"I can't believe this happened," Freda said. "My heart goes out to his family."

Reginald Parham said the community needs to be more involved with what is going on in their neighborhoods, and witnesses need to come forward.

"They need to speak up and give the information that needed to try to stop these things," Reginald Parham said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call the Waterloo Police Department at (319) 291-4340.

 

EARLIER STORY:

WATERLOO - Police are asking people to come forward with information on Thursday morning's shooting that killed a Waterloo resident.

John Marvin Parham Jr., 58, died today (Thursday) at Allen Hospital after someone on foot opened fire at him and Terence Terril Dixon, 27, while they were in front of Parham's home at 413 Ricker St. at about 1:15 a.m.

"They were sitting on the steps on Ricker when someone came around the corner and shot them," said Capt. Tim Pillack with the Waterloo Police Department.

Parham was hit a number of times in the torso.

Dixon fled and was found about two blocks away at 315 Quincy St. with gunshot wounds to his left arm and abdomen.

The gunman ran off before police arrived.

Dixon was undergoing surgery at Covenant Medical Center this morning (Thursday).

Investigators believe the attacker used a handgun, and officers found a number of spent shell casings in the area.

Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call the Waterloo Police Department at (319) 291-4340.

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