Cedar Rapids homicide victim about to be new father

City investigating its fourth homicide this year

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Tarrence Newman wanted one more baby, said his girlfriend, Stephanie Rinearson.

Last week, the couple learned she was pregnant. But that happy news quickly turned to tragedy when Newman was found slain Sunday night in his northeast Cedar Rapids home in what police say is the fourth homicide this year in Cedar Rapids.

No arrest in the case had been announced by Monday evening.

“They took him away,” Rinearson said through tears. “They took him away from my unborn baby. What am I supposed to tell my baby?”

Cedar Rapids police have not disclosed the name of the 40-year-old man found dead at 1506 D Ave. Public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said Monday that authorities were waiting on confirmation and for the cause and manner of death from the medical examiner’s office.

Court records show Newman is 40 years old. Rinearson said he lived in the home where the homicide investigation is taking place.

Police were called there at 9:45 p.m. Sunday for a report of a disturbance. The caller reported that “it sounded like something was breaking.” When officers arrived, they discovered the man on the front of the porch, Buelow said.

It is not disclosed if anyone else was at home when police arrived.

The circumstances of the death still are under investigation, police said in a news release. Rinearson said Newman was shot but that police have told her little else.

“They basically told me they couldn’t release anything to me until they notified his family,” she said. “I would like to know. I need closure. ... You want to be able to tell your kids what happened to their father.”

Rinearson said she and Newman have been dating for nearly eight months. The two met in Cedar Rapids, but learned they grew up in the same neighborhood in Chicago. Newman has four children from a previous relationship who live with their mother; Rinearson has three children and is pregnant with her fourth.

Newman was a welder who worked hard but still knew how to have fun, Rinearson said.

“There was never a dull moment with him,” she said. “It was always an experience with Tarrence.”

Rinearson said Newman was “the life of the party” who loved to help people. “He was so sweet, that’s why I don’t understand what happened,” she said.

Of the homicides in the city this year, an arrest has been made in the first to occur:

l 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 Wal-Mart 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.

l 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.

l 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.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the death Sunday to contact police at (319) 286-5491 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME.

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