Cedar Rapids unattended death now a homicide investigation; fifth of the year

Police: Man found in alley suffered 'fatal traumatic injuries'

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CEDAR RAPIDS — The death of a man found in an alley Wednesday morning is being investigated as a homicide.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said officers were called to the alley in the 500 block of 10th Street SW at 7:24 a.m. for a deceased man located there. Buelow said the man — who was in his 30s — had suffered “fatal traumatic injuries.”

“Based on the evidence and information obtained at this time, investigators are conducting a homicide investigation,” Buelow said in a news release.

Buelow said police will not release any more information — such as the man’s name or if he lived near where his body was found — until an autopsy has been completed and family members have been notified.

No one is in custody at this time, Buelow said.

There have now been five homicides in Cedar Rapids this year, two of which occurred this month.

— Andrew Meeks Jr., 26, was fatally shot July 2. Authorities said he was in a car with Johnny Moore Jr. when they both were hit by gunfire. Their car crashed into a guard rail at the Walmart Supercenter, 3601 29th Ave. SW. Moore survived. Quarzone E. Martin, 25, was arrested in September and faces charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder, going armed with intent and willful injury causing serious injury.

— Charles Flint, 60, of Cedar Rapids, died July 25 after he was found two days earlier in the 100 block of 11th Street SW. Police initially thought a pedestrian accident happened, but later determined Flint was the victim of an assault.

— Kenneth L. Everett, 33, was fatally shot Sept. 16. Police said Everett and Gabriel C. Thomas were inside a bedroom at 383 17th St. SE when shots were fired into the home, killing Everett.

— The body of Tarrence Newman, 40, was found outside of his home at 1506 D Ave. NE when police responded there for a disturbance around 9:45 p.m. Nov. 12. Authorities said Newman was shot to death.

Buelow said there has not been any evidence that suggests the latest homicide is related to any other homicides in the city this year, but stressed that police are in the preliminary stages of the investigation.

Anyone with information on the ongoing homicide investigations is asked to contact Cedar Rapids police at (319) 286-5491 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-272-7463.

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

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