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$5,000 being offered as Cedar Rapids police seek public's help to gather info on Saturday homicide

Reward from Linn County Crime Stoppers being matched by anonymous donor

Gabriel C. Thomas and Kenneth L. Everett are shown in this undated photo. (Submitted Photo)
Gabriel C. Thomas and Kenneth L. Everett are shown in this undated photo. (Submitted Photo)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Police Department is asking the public to help in its investigation of a fatal shooting Saturday in the Wellington Heights neighborhood.

According to a news release, police are asking anyone who has information about the possible perpetrators or who saw the shooting at roughly 8 p.m. Saturday to come forward.

The shooting took place at 383 17th St. SE.

“Information is critical so that investigators can find the suspect or suspects involved in the murder of Kenneth Everett,” police Chief Wayne Jerman said in a statement. “This incident happened in the early evening in a densely populated area. Anyone with information about individuals or vehicles in the neighborhood, or who have heard information about who may be accountable for this homicide are encouraged to contact police. We need the public’s help on this case.”

Police arrived at 8:24 p.m. at the shooting scene, finding that two people had been shot. Everett, 33, later died at a hospital. Gabriel Thomas, 29, is continuing to recover from “non-life-threatening gunshot wounds,” according to the release.

After investigating the scene further, police determined that multiple shots had been fired from outside the residence, through a window, striking Everett and Thomas as they were in a bedroom.

According to the release, Linn County Crime Stoppers is offering as much as a $2,500 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the shooting. This reward is being matched by an anonymous donor because the crime occurred in the Wellington Heights neighborhood. This brings the total reward from Linn County Crime Stoppers to $5,000.

Police are encouraging anyone with information to contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5491 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-272-7463 or text “CRIMES” (274637) and in the message line type 5227 and then input the tip. The tipster can continue to trade information with an investigator and can text “STOP” to opt out at any time.

Police ask that those sharing information reference case #2017-14911.



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