Cedar Rapids police investigating fatal stabbing incident

Victim is 18-year-old man

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Police say an 18-year-old man is dead following a stabbing incident early Friday morning in Cedar Rapids about one mile from the campus of Kirkwood Community College.

Cedar Rapids Public Safety spokesman Greg Buelow said officers responded to an apartment complex at 6725 College Park Court SW at 2:09 a.m.

Emergency medical care was initiated at the scene and the victim was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later, Buelow said.

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident. They have not released the victim’s name and said they are unsure where, exactly, the stabbing took place.

Several individuals were brought to the Cedar Rapids Police Department for questioning Friday, Buelow said, but police have no suspects in the case.

An autopsy is to be conducted by the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner.

Tarrah Daleness, 24, said the victim came to her ground-floor apartment complex after he was stabbed. She, too, declined to provide the victim’s name, but said they had been friends for more than six months.

Daleness said she had a gathering at her apartment Thursday night, and the victim stopped by briefly before going back to his apartment across the street to baby-sit.

“He had some friends coming from Iowa City,” Daleness said. “I watched him walk out. I saw two cars pull in, and I figured that was them. I turned to go clean up my house, and then I went back in my room to look to see if he was walking up the stairs or in his place yet, and I didn’t see him.”

At some point later, Daleness said she saw the victim outside her window, bloody and carrying a kitchen knife.

“The next thing I know, he comes around the corner and knocks on my window,” she said. “And I see a knife and blood. I don’t know if (the knife) was his or not.”

Daleness said she opened her front door and the victim collapsed on the apartment floor. At that time, she was able to see what she described as a “deep” cut about 2 inches above his left breast. Daleness, her roommate and another friend, Deric Gienau, 18, who lives in the same apartment building, said they called police and tried to help the victim.

“He kept saying ‘one black, one white, I don’t want to die.’ ” Gienau said. “That’s literally what he kept saying over and over again.

“I just turned 18. That’s scary.”

Buelow said he could not confirm Daleness’ account of the incident.

He also said it is unknown if the victim was a Kirkwood Community College student.

Justin Hoehn, marketing coordinator and media relations representative with Kirkwood, said college officials do not plan on sending an announcement about the incident to students and staff because Cedar Rapids police have told officials there is no threat to the college community.

“That’s not to say we wouldn’t, but at this time we are not,” Hoehn said. “We would absolutely notify our community if we felt there was a threat to the community.”

Gienau said he feels unsafe living in the area, and is thinking of moving back to his hometown of Dubuque.

“I promise you there was never a day in my life I could go behind my house back home and be afraid someone would stab me,” he said. “I’m really considering going back home.”

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