CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Police Department is asking for anyone with information about the homicide that occurred on Saturday evening to contact investigators. Police responded to a shooting incident at 383 17th Street SE on Saturday at 8:24 p.m. and arrived on scene to find two victims who had sustained gunshot wounds.
Kenneth Lamont Everett, DOB/11-02-1983, age 33, died as the result of his injuries at a local hospital. Gabriel Chantel Thomas, DOB/10-31-1987, age 29, is continuing to recover from non-life threatening gunshot wounds.
Police determined that multiple shots were fired from outside of the residence, through a window, and struck the victims while they were inside a bedroom in the house.
“Information is critical so that investigators can find the suspect or suspects involved in the murder of Kenneth Everett. This incident happened in the early evening in a densely populated area. Anyone with information about individuals or vehicles in the neighborhood, or who have heard information about who may be accountable for this homicide are encouraged to contact police. We need the public’s help on this case,” said Chief of Police Wayne Jerman.
Linn County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $2,500 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this murder. The reward is being matched by an anonymous donor because the crime occurred in the Wellington Heights neighborhood. Therefore, the total reward from Linn County Crime Stoppers is up to $5,000.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5491 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (272-7463) or text CRIMES (274637) and in the message/subject, type 5227 and your tip. You can continue to trade information with an investigator. Text STOP to opt out at any time. Please reference case #2017-14911.
Disclaimer: Any arrest information included above is based on the legal conclusion that, as with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.