Cedar Rapids police confirm identity of homicide victim

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Even though Tarrence Newman didn’t live with his children, he always made time for them, his daughter said.

“My dad, he was always around,” said Jada Newman, 18. “He and my mom weren’t as close as they were 18 years ago, but through all the ups and downs, he was always around, for my younger siblings especially.”

Authorities on Tuesday confirmed that Newman was the man found slain at 1506 D Ave. NE Sunday evening when police responded to the residence for a disturbance call. Public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said a preliminary report from the State Medical Examiner’s Office indicated Newman suffered at least one gunshot wound.

No one is in custody in the homicide investigation and the case remains under investigation.

Jada Newman said she lives in North Liberty with her mother and two younger siblings. Her older sister is in attending Clark Atlanta University. Jada said her father always made a point to spend time with them in North Liberty.

“He was fun to be around,” she said. “He always wanted to do fun things.”

Growing up in Chicago, Tarrence Newman had a rough childhood, his daughter said. She said he tried to relive his childhood through having fun with his children.

“We always did fun things,” she said. “He always had surprises up his sleeve. He was just awesome.”

Jada said she remembers family outings, such as going to Adventureland, and going out to eat. He used to make clothes for his kids and hoped to collaborate with Jada’s older sister, Tasha Hughes, who is studying fashion design at Clark Atlanta.

“We had a lot of dreams together,” Jada Newman said.

Newman’s girlfriend, Stephanie Rinearson, described him as hardworking and fun loving. The couple learned last week that Rinearson was pregnant, she said.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the Cedar Rapids Police Department at 319-286-5491 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME.

l Comments: (319) 398-8238; lee.hermiston@thegazette.com

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