Police Release Names of Victims in Cedar Rapids Double Homicide
By Lee Hermiston, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - No arrests have been made in the overnight double-homicide in Cedar Rapids, city officials said Thursday morning.
"It's still an active, ongoing investigation," said Greg Buelow, public safety communications coordinator. "No arrests have been made."
Quintrell D. Perkins, 22, and Sierrah Rochelle Simmons, 20, both of Cedar Rapids, were found dead Wednesday night inside the 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.
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 down 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."
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.