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IOWA CITY, Iowa  —  The Iowa Wave to children at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital has become a football tradition, but football season is coming to an end.

As KWWL’s Jalyn Souchek reports, an Iowa City woman is making it her mission to keep the wave of support going, long after Saturday’s home finale at Kinnick.

An outpouring of small gestures in the shape of hands traced onto paper is adding a new dimension to the tradition.

“There’s a lot of fun and creative ones,” said Linda Fobian.

It’s a new wave, sprinkled with messages of support for the kids.

“I just want it to be a lot of a hope for the kids,” said Fobian. “It’s like Christmas. The hospital gives so many kids hope for the future. And that’s all I can ask. A little bit of this can go a long ways.”

It all started with a post on social media asking people to trace their hand and decorate it. That’s when the waves started to pour in.

“A little encouragement from people all over. I’ve had them sent from Hawaii to Pennsylvania, North Carolina to Colorado. I have some coming from Lithuania,” Fobian said, whose reason for getting involved is personal. “Two of our grandkids were born at the hospital, one at 31 weeks and one at 34 weeks. They’re both doing terrific. Our little grandson has cerebral palsy, and he goes back for a lot of checkups at the hospital.”

The messages may seem like simple gestures, but they’re big reminders that the support will always be there.

“I can’t imagine those kids being on the top floor looking down to an empty stadium on game days,” said Fobian.

Fobian plans to take the waves to kids at the hospital on December 15th. If you’d like to contribute your own waves, they can be sent to the following address:

Linda Fobian

5363 American Legion Rd.

Iowa City, Iowa 52240

AMES, Iowa  —  A man was murdered in Ames early Saturday morning and police say the suspects in the case are still at large.

What began as a robbery just after 3:30 a.m. at the Fountain View apartment complex across the street from Ames Middle School turned deadly. Neighbors woke up to the shock of the city’s first homicide this year.

“My girlfriend wakes me up and she’s like, ‘Dallon, this is right over there,’ and I remember looking at the TV and seeing that building and being like, ‘what happened?’ and it said homicide, and I was like, ‘are you kidding me?” said Dallon Bendorf, who lives in the apartment building next door.

For all accounts the area is a safe place to live.

“I think everybody is shocked that something like this would happen here, but then once I kinda think about it I know how dangerous the world is and I know it’s a scary place, and there’s evil people out there that are going to do bad things no matter where you are,” said Bendorf.

Ames police are now looking for two people who broke into an apartment on the first floor in an attempted robbery. Police say there were a few people in the home when the robbers shot a man in his 20s in the upper torso. He later died at the hospital.

“Both of them had ski masks on, so it was hard to identify them. One of the witnesses was able to see a black or dark blue Chevy Avalanche leaving the area at a high rate of speed after that, so we believe that vehicle is probably involved and we’re still trying to locate that vehicle,” said Commander Geoff Huff of the Ames Police Department.

With little to go on when it comes to a suspect description, Ames police are asking the community to help them out if they have any information.

“If anybody was up and about at that time of morning, I know it’s early morning hours, but if they saw something that they think now might be important for us to know, we certainly would like to be contacted. If you see a vehicle matching that description you might think is involved, again let us know but don’t approach. Obviously they’re armed, they still could be dangerous,” said Huff.

The Fountain View Apartments are mainly populated by Iowa State University Students, but police say the victim in the case was not enrolled at the university. His name is being withheld until next of kin is notified.

Police say anyone with information is encouraged to contact them directly or leave a tip at Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400.