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Friends and family hold vigil for Dubuque shooting victim

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

One person is dead and another injured after an overnight shooting in Dubuque Saturday.

Police responded to the 2000 block of Jackson Street just before midnight Saturday night. At the scene, officers found 15-year-old Marlon Barber Jr., of Dubuque, on the ground suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

16-year-old Demarcus Timmons, also of Dubuque, was in the 2100 block of Washington Street. He, too, had gunshot wounds.

Barber died while in surgery. Timmons is expected to survive his wounds. As of late Monday morning, Timmons had been discharged from the Finley Hospital.

Police said an initial investigation shows both victims were with a group of friends when they ran into another group at a residence on Jackson Street.

Both groups left the residence and as they were walking, the first group shot at the other group. That's when the two victims were hit.

Neighbors say they've heard gunshots in the area before but were surprised to have something like this happen on their very own street.

"As a concerned father and parent, I came outside to see what's going on in the neighborhood," neighbor Willie Dow said. "It's basically quiet around here. We have good kids in our neighborhood."

Barber's friends held a vigil Sunday evening at the intersection of 21st and Jackson Streets.

"He was a very smart, very awesome kid," friend Shayna Croft said.  "Lucky to have a chance to know this kid.

Nate Watson, Barber's mother, spoke to the more than 100 people gathered at the vigil. She said her son was "her rock" and asked for anyone with information about his death to share it.

Family members said the 15-year-old wanted to graduate high school and become a computer engineer.

Barber's friends said he got into a disagreement with another group at Saturday's party. They said he and his friend Demarcus Timmons left to go to the store, and that's when the two were shot.

"A party is a party," Barber's friend Keenan Brown said.  "Everybody is going to be there. A lot of people come with their friends. Different groups. People are going to hate on you. People going to want to fight you. That's what happened at the party last night."

Some of Barber's friends said he grew up in Chicago and moved to Iowa to escape the street violence, but the violence took his life here instead.

As friends and family attempt to find closure, they left posters, cards, and other gifts with one central message.

"I love him, I miss him, and he's not going to be forgotten," Croft said.

Monday morning, police said there are several people who know specifically what happened in this incident and who is responsible. While a number of these people have been identified, police say there are still a number of people who have yet to come forward. Police said they "want to emphasize how incredible important it is for those with information to come forward."

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Dubuque Police Department at 563-589-4415. 

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