One Teen Dead, One Expected to Survive Overnight Shooting in Dubuque

By Jillian Petrus, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Dubuque Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred this weekend.

A 15-year-old boy is dead and a 16-year-old boy is in the hospital tonight following a shooting late last night.

It happened just before midnight Saturday north of downtown Dubuque. Investigators say they found the two teenagers with gunshot wounds in the 2000 and 2100 blocks of Jackson Street.
Both were taken to the hospital. 15-year-old Marlon Barber Jr. died from his injuries. The 16-year-old victim is expected to survive.

Shayna Croft, 23, of Dubuque says Barber Jr. has been living with her family for several months. On Saturday night around 6 p.m. Croft says the teen was headed to a party with friends. It's the last time she says she saw Barber alive.

"The next thing I remember is us getting a phone call saying he's been shot Marlon," Croft said.

A second phone call minutes later let Croft know that Barber, someone she considered a little brother, had died.

Friends gathered near the crime scene on Sunday to say goodbye to Barber. He would have turned sixteen in November. A neighbor along Jackson Street said he found one of the boys shot in his front yard. The ordeal has his family shaken.

"I came out and told the guy not to move and my sister called the police," said Jim Tuthill. "My son is scared to go out anyway now this really terrifies him."

Police have not made any arrests or named any suspects. Croft hopes someone comes forward soon and is able to help shed light on who killed her friend.

"He had his whole life still ahead of him he was a good kid," Croft said. "He might not be here physically, but in our hearts and minds he's still with us."
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