Tips still coming in about Cedar Rapids homicide

Dexter Lashun Meeks, 22, shot to death June 26, 2011 in Cedar Rapids.
Dexter Lashun Meeks, 22, shot to death June 26, 2011 in Cedar Rapids.

CEDAR RAPIDS - Police broke their silence Wednesday about the homicide investigation that has kept investigators busy for the past three days, but just barely.

Dexter L. Meeks, 22, was shot and killed Sunday evening near the front door of his apartment building, 211 15th St. SE. Neighbors said they heard multiple gunshots before officers swarmed the scene.

Police on Wednesday confirmed that Meeks' death has been officially ruled a homicide by the medical examiner's office. No official manner of death was released, but it assumed to be from gunshot wounds, police said.

Information about the killing, the city's sixth in the past six summers, is still coming in from the public, police said.

"There have been some uncooperative witnesses, and I know that has been frustrating for the investigators," said Officer Melissa Henderson, a police spokeswoman. "That's not uncommon with a case like this."

Police have not confirmed how many shots were fired or any information about the suspect or suspects they are seeking. Information about Meeks' whereabouts earlier in the evening are also unclear.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME. Anonymous tips are accepted, and rewards are possible.

Henderson said the case is active and has not gone stagnant, as investigators check out leads.

"They are working very diligently," she said.

For the past three days people have been flocking to a makeshift memorial where Meeks was shot and killed Sunday evening.

Dozens of people were gathered Wednesday evening at the building where Meeks, 22, had lived, and many more were inside. Friends and family estimate that more than 75 people have come each day since Monday.

Two posters sit on the lawn outside of the building. One is a collage of photographs of Meeks, and the other shows scores of messages written by friends and family members to “Big Ham.”

Several friends described Meeks as good-hearted and caring.

A memorial fund has been set up for Meeks' family. His family and friends plan to gather Wednesday evening at Club Rose'a, 616 Second Ave. SE, for a fundraising event.Reporter Jim Malewitz contributed to this story

Give us feedback

We value your trust and work hard to provide fair, accurate coverage. If you have found an error or omission in our reporting, tell us here.

Or if you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.