Dubuque police are investigating a weekend shooting that left a 15-year-old boy dead and a 16-year-old boy hospitalized.
The shooting was reported 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 Finley Hospital in Dubuque. 15-year-old Marlon Barber Jr. of 920 1/2 West Fifth St. died from his injuries. Demarcus Timmons, 16, of 1012 Wilson Street is expected to survive.
Shayna Croft said Barber has been living with her family for several months. According to Croft, Barber left around 6 p.m. Saturday to go 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,” 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, who would have turned 16 in November.
Jim Tuthill, a neighbor along Jackson Street said he found one of the boys shot in his front yard, and said the ordeal has his family shaken.
“I came out and told the guy not to move, and my sister called the police,” Tuthill said. “My son is scared to go out anyway. Now this really terrifies him.”
Police have not made any arrests or named any suspects. Croft said she 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.”