Friends and neighbors of a 15 year old boy who was shot and killed Monday night joined Waterloo city leaders in a rally against violence Tuesday afternoon.
Theron Montgomery is the assistant director at Impact Foundation. His son played basketball with Cortez Harrison. He tells KCRG-TV 9 the crowd wanted to draw attention to Harrison’s death.
The crowd moved from the street to a park near the alley where Harrison was shot on 4th Street. They listened to speakers including Harrison’s basketball coach, and Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart, who encourage the adults in the community to step up and support kids.
"You see these young men and these young people and all of you adults that are around here, make sure you love one of these young men."
Montgomery says one important way parents can help is to check on their kids and get them involved in activities. “Voting’s not enough. Those things help and they’re important but they’re not enough. We gotta do more. And we just gotta keep on going. Our youth need something to do.”
Waterloo Police say they have not made any arrests yet and continue to search for the gunman. Anyone with information should call their Investigation Division at 319-291-4340 or Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers.
(Photo: KCRG-TV 9)