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Cedar Rapids man identified as homicide victim

Shooting death is one of city's six homicides of 2017

CEDAR RAPIDS — Authorities have named a man found shot to death in an alley last week in Cedar Rapids.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said Leland J. Harris, 34, of Cedar Rapids, was found in the alley of the 500 block of 10th Street SW around 7:24 a.m. Nov. 22 when police were called there. Harris had been shot to death, Buelow said.

Buelow said no additional details are available in the homicide investigation.

According to an obituary, Harris was a graduate of Xavier High School. He loved “dancing, music, art and people,” his obituary states.

“There is no words to express the loss we feel for our son, brother, father, grandson, nephew and friend,” the obituary reads. “Leland, we love you and miss you today, tomorrow and forever.”

Harris’ death is one of six homicides in Cedar Rapids this year. There have been three this month, including two last week.

— 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.

— Heidi L.A. Stephens, 33, of Cedar Rapids, was shot on Nov. 20. She was found by police lying in a front yard in the 1500 block of Second Avenue SE. Stephens was declared brain dead on Nov. 22 and put on life support to facilitate organ donation. On Nov. 24, Cedar Rapids police announced that Zackary D. Ildefonso, 24, had been charged with first-degree murder, going armed with intent, intimidation with a weapon causing injury, carrying weapons and trafficking in stolen weapons in Stephens’ death.

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