Family Appeals for Calm in Wake of Shooting

By Jeff Reinitz, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Police roped off a parking lot behind 1211 Langley Road, Waterloo, as part of the investigation into the death of Daequan Campbell. (JEFF REINITZ/WATERLOO-CEDAR FALLS COURIER)

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WATERLOO, Iowa - Family members are calling for calm in the wake of a shooting that claimed the life of a Waterloo teenager.

Daequan Campbell, 18, was shot and killed as he pulled into a parking lot behind an apartment building Thursday night on Langley Avenue.

A shooting on Columbia Street followed hours later. Campbell’s grandfather, Kevin Butler, said people angry about the incident with bad information took matters into their own hands.

“We strongly advise against that kind of action. There has been enough bloodshed and tragedy already,” Butler said. “Stop this killing, this unnecessary violence. Kids don’t have any meaningful life. They don’t appreciate life. I hate to say it, but who’s next?”

He urged people with information about the crime to contact police.

Butler said it’s a tragedy that other lives will be lost because of the slaying through prison time the killer will face if convicted.

“Whoever did it will probably wind up going to the penitentiary for the rest of their life, and their family is going to lose them,” Butler said.

Relatives said they know little about what happened but have heard a lot of speculation. Daequan Campbell’s father, William Campbell, suspects the shooter was looking for an acquaintance of his son.

“He was the target of something that wasn’t meant for him,” William Campbell.

“Caught in the middle,” Butler said.

Throughout the day Friday, friends visited to pay respects to Campbell's relatives and share their memories.

“He liked to be with his family, very family oriented,” Butler said.

Daequan Campbell was raised in Waterloo. He played football at Hoover Middle School and was on the Waterloo West Wahawks basketball team in high school.

After graduating from West, he began attending Hawkeye Community College this fall. His father said he was taking general education classes.

He last saw his son a few days ago.

“He was up-tempo, high spirited, like always. Always smiling, never mad,” William Campbell said.

Family members are trying to make sense of their loss.

“I would think he would be the one to bury me, not me burying him,” Butler said.
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