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Eric Heim, who performed as Iya, appeared in "Funkytown," a film about the Twin Cities rock scene. Heim grew up in Duluth and attended Central High School in the 1970s. (Submitted photo)

Duluth native sang about peace, died by the gun and is featured in film

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Director Steven Greenberg had a lot more filming planned for Iya, a popular reggae musician from Duluth who was born Eric Heim.

But Iya was murdered before he could do that.

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With his free-flowing style, long blond dreadlocks and soulful voice, Iya sang impossible-to-resist upbeat songs about peace, harmony and being part of a global

family.

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