No Charges Filed So Far In Fatal Cedar Rapids Assault

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter


By Richard Pratt

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Cedar Rapids police have identified the man involved in a fatal altercation with a local man who died last week.

Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said Monday morning she did not yet know if police have spoken with the other man, but said investigators will do so.

“I know they’ve identified him,” Hamblin said. “I don’t know if they’ve done an interview with him or not. We know who he is. It’s not like he’s hiding or anything.”

Justin Carey, 32, died Thursday, June 6, the same day he was involved in an altercation at Red’s Public House, 112 Second St., SE. Officers were called to the downtown restaurant at 1:27 a.m. and found Carey unconscious in the street.

Carey was transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where he was kept on life support so that his organs could be donated.

At this time, the police department has not revealed many details of the altercation. Hamblin said last week there was a disagreement between Carey and the other man that led to a physical confrontation.

Hamblin said she did not know if police have spoken with every witness they hope to interview. Once interviews are complete and investigators have reached a point where they are comfortable moving forward with the investigation, they will send paperwork to the Linn County Attorney’s Office with a charging recommendation.

The county attorney’s office will have the final say on charges, which Hamblin said could range from assault to second-degree murder.

“Or it could be no charge at all,” she said.

Carey worked for Securian Advisors in Hiawatha and was a Kennedy High School graduate. According to his profile, Carey was a graduate of Mount Mercy College with a double major in finance and accounting. He was engaged to be married and had a young daughter, Marley.

Brian Zimmerman, managing partner at Securian, said Carey didn't go to college right away after high school, but later put himself through school. He worked at Buffalo Wild Wings to support himself in college, Zimmerman said.

"He was just an awesome young man," Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman described Carey as hardworking, personable and a good father. Learning of his death was "devastating" to Zimmerman and the office, he said.

"He was just a really good guy," Zimmerman said. "Everybody is at a loss right now. It's like we lost a family member."
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