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COLD CASE: 7 years since murder of Martavious “Tay Tay” Johnson

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) — Seven years have passed since the murder of 17-year-old Martavious “Tay Tay” Johnson.

Johnson was reportedly shot in the back on January 5, 2012.  The shooting happened on the 500 block of Sumner Street in Waterloo.

His mother told KWWL that her son had been killed over cracking an innocent joke.

“What was the reason what was the purpose. And how can they sleep with themselves knowing what they did-to somebody who was full of life, full of joy, loved hanging around his friends,” Tanya Johnson told KWWL in 2017.

At the five year anniversary of Johnson’s death, police told KWWL they had possible suspects but were waiting on the right piece of information that could lead to an arrest.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information should contact the Waterloo Police Department or the Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at 855-300-TIPS.

A $1,000 cash reward is available for any information that leads to an arrest in the case.

Anonymous tips can be sent to crime stoppers through the Confidential Web Tip Information System.



Jalyn Souchek


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