- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A 15-year-old girl was fatally shot at her home in Waterloo, and now her younger brother is facing charges.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1JqiBN3 ) the girl was shot Friday evening and died later at the hospital. Her 14-year-old brother was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter.

Police said the brother stole a handgun Friday and later shot his sister accidentally with the weapon. Investigators discovered the burglary while they investigated the shooting.

The brother is also facing burglary and weapons charges. Another 14-year-old was also arrested on suspicion of burglary.

A group of Waterloo churches is planning to begin a series of seven weekly peace marches Sunday evening in response to recent gun violence. Pastors from at least six churches planned to attend the first event.

The Rev. Frantz Whitfield said the violence is hurting the community of Waterloo and has become too common.

“When one person or one family hurts, all of us hurt. Especially when it has to do with our young people, Whitfield said. “This 15-year-old girl, she’ll never see a high school graduation. She’ll never see a high school prom. And her parents will never be able to see her grandchildren because her life was cut too short. We’ve got to figure out a solution to how we can make this city and this community a better place.”


Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com

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