Cedar Rapids Police Investigating Seventh Homicide of 2014

By Hayley Bruce, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Police in Cedar Rapids are now investigating a suspicious death at 228 Jacolyn Drive SW last week as a homicide.

On Monday, the Cedar Rapids police department said an autopsy performed by the state medical examiner over the weekend classified the death as a homicide.

The change comes after the Cedar Rapids Police Department went to the Shamrock Apartments to conduct a welfare check just after 4:30 p.m. on April 4.

When police arrived on scene, they found the body of Shanna Lee Beyhl, 37, of Cedar Rapids.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and police are following several leads, though they do not believe there is an immediate threat to the public. No further details regarding the cause of death were immediately provided.

This death marks the seventh homicide in Cedar Rapids this 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.

On Wednesday, April 2, Quintrell D. Perkins, 22, and Sierrah Rochelle Simmons, 20, both of Cedar Rapids, were found dead inside a home at 1708 Fourth Ave. SE. Police were called to the home after receiving multiple reports of a shooting in the area at 10:09 p.m.

There were three homicides in Cedar Rapids in 2013.
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