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Waterloo shooting victim's uncle speaks out

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"A guy knocked on the door," Matlock, an uncle of Cederick Matlock, said. "He said, 'Matlock, I think your nephew just got shot around the corner.' I said, 'Shot around the corner?'" "A guy knocked on the door," Matlock, an uncle of Cederick Matlock, said. "He said, 'Matlock, I think your nephew just got shot around the corner.' I said, 'Shot around the corner?'"
Those who knew Matlock comforted each other at the crime scene Tuesday evening. Those who knew Matlock comforted each other at the crime scene Tuesday evening.
WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Willie Matlock couldn't believe what he heard Tuesday night when he got a knock on his door, until he saw it himself.

"A guy knocked on the door," Matlock, an uncle of Cederick Matlock, said. "He said, 'Matlock, I think your nephew just got shot around the corner.' I said, 'Shot around the corner?'"

Cederick "Joe" Matlock, 30, was shot and killed Tuesday evening at the Kum and Go on Franklin and Nevada in Waterloo.

"They just took him," Willie Matlock said. "Left him laying out in the middle of the street like a dog.

"Who is going to cry for him?" Matlock added. "Who's going to help him?"

Matlock and William Burt, 19, both of Waterloo, were riding their bikes near the Kum and Go when someone came by and shot them.

Waterloo Police have not yet made an arrest in the case.

Burt was shot in the shoulder and is expected to survive. Matlock was shot in the chest and later died at Allen Hospital.

Matlock's uncle said he left behind eight children.

"When he loved, he loved hard," Matlock said. "He wasn't like the average person. If he says he's your friend, he'll love you like you're his brother."

This is the third shooting in Waterloo this week.

Capt. Tim Pillack said his department continues to work to get guns off the streets.

"Unfortunately, gun violence is everywhere -- not just in the City of Waterloo -- and it's something police departments across the United States deal with everyday," Pillack said. "More and more people have guns.

"Unfortunately, more people have illegal handguns, so we have to deal with that and we just handle the case accordingly," he added.

Matlock wished his nephew didn't get caught up in all the violence, and hopes others won't, either.

"So I'm saying to you all: Please look out for your kids," Matlock said. "Look out for your sons and daughters.

"It ain't no coming back from this. There is no return when the streets get you. It leads to two places: the penitentiary or graveyard."

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