Public Safety

Visitation scheduled for Andrew Gaston, who was shot and killed Friday night in NE Cedar Rapids

Andrew Gaston
Andrew Gaston

CEDAR RAPIDS — A visitation service has been scheduled for the 18-year-old Metro High School student who was fatally shot Friday night at an apartment complex in northeast Cedar Rapids.

Police said Andrew D. Gaston, of Cedar Rapids, was shot just before midnight Friday at Agin Court Apartments in the 3200 block of Agin Court NE just south of Blairs Ferry Road NE.

No arrests have been made.

The visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 520 Wilson Ave. SW. A private funeral will be held at a later date, according to the obituary.

On Friday night, officers found two teens with gunshot wounds in a parking lot. Gaston died early Saturday at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital.

The 16-year-old male who also was shot was treated and released, according to public safety spokesman Greg Buelow.

Gaston is survived by his mother and father as well as several brothers and sisters, and extended family, the obituary states.

Described as a engaged, hardworking and intelligent student, Gaston was on schedule to graduate from Metro High around the start of the next school year.

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Gaston’s student adviser Ben Sparboe said Gaston was passionate about playing on the school’s basketball team and was constantly working to improve in his classes and on the court.

“He was beginning to believe that he could do things that maybe he wouldn’t necessarily give himself credit for before,” Sparboe told The Gazette on Monday. “You know, as a school and as teachers, we give them opportunities, but they have to step up, and that’s what (Andrew did). He made the job worth doing. He made the work worth it.”

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