Victims identified in Cedar Rapids double homicide

Incident marks city's fifth, sixth homicides of 2014

Published: April 3 2014 | 12:45 pm - Updated: 7 April 2014 | 3:08 pm in

UPDATE: No arrests have been made in an overnight double-homicide, Cedar Rapids officials said Thursday morning.

"It's still an active, ongoing investigation," said Greg Buelow, public safety communications coordinator.  "No arrests have been made."

Police have identified the deceased as 22-year-old Quintrell D. Perkins and 20-year-old Sierrah R. Simmons, both of Cedar Rapids. Police said Perkins and Simmons were found dead inside the home at 1708 Fourth Ave. SE Wednesday night. Police were called to the home after receiving multiple reports of a shooting in the area at 10:09 p.m.

Dave Hanover, who lives nearby at 1727 Fourth Ave., said he and his son were in the dining room when they heard multiple shots ring out.

"I heard seven to 10," Hanover said. "It was a lot and it was from a semi-automatic weapon. It was pop pop pop pop. I heard several and it was loud."

Unable to pinpoint where the shots came from, Hanover said he and his son ran out the back door of the home, only to later hear squad cars come Fourth Avenue. Hanover said he watched the scene from his front porch. He said police escorted children out of the residence. Buelow could not confirm if anyone else was in the residence at the time of the shooting.

"There were kids there," Hanover said. "That's not right. I don't care who you are or where you're from, that's not right."

Police have not released details on if the shots came from inside or outside of the home.

Hanover has lived in his home for 12 years. While the neighborhood has "little problems with renters now and then," he cannot think of another crime of this caliber occurring.

"I've got a family here," he said. "I've got four kids. You don't want to hear stuff like that."

At this time, police do not know Simmons' or Perkins' relationship to the home or each other. Police are confident the two victims live in Cedar Rapids, but don't know if they lived where the shooting occurred.

"The police department cannot say with certainty they were the renters of that structure or whether or not they were the renters," Buelow said.

The shooting hits close to home for Denia Davis. Davis said Simmons was her goddaughter. Furthermore, Davis' daughter, Denisha, is currently rehabbing after being shot at a house party in Iowa City last month. Her wounds have left her paralyzed from the knees down.

"Denisha's first outing from rehab is going to be a funeral," Davis said.

Davis described Simmons as a typical, fun loving teenager who was "very, very outgoing."

"Her weakness was children," Davis said. "She would do anything for anyone's kids."

Police said Thursday morning they did make one arrest at the scene unrelated to the double-homicide. At 4:30 a.m., officers were called to Fourth Avenue and 18th Street for a report of subjects crossing the police barricades closing off the crime scene. Police said they encountered several subjects who were yelling and swearing at the officers. One of the subjects, 21-year-old Kendan L. Fonville, smelled of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated. He was taken into custody for public intoxication, police said.

Buelow said he didn't know why Fonville was at the residence or if he had any relationship with the victims.

"I'm not sure what his relationship is," he said. "I don't know if he's a friend or family member."

Wednesday's double-homicide marks the fifth and sixth homicides in the city since the beginning of the year.

On January 30, police said Robert Drew Livingston, 47, shot and killed his estranged wife, Ingrid Huber Livingston, 41, and her mother, Linda Jane Huber, 73, before killing himself.

Five days later, Clifton Sparks, 31, of Cedar Rapids was found lying on the street in the 1800 block of B Avenue at 12:30 a.m. Feb. 4. Police have not said how Sparks was killed. No one has been charged in connection with Sparks’ death.

On Friday, February 21, police said Dennis Koopman, 54, killed his estranged wife, 52-year-old LuElla Koopman, outside of her apartment in southwest Cedar Rapids.

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