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Police Still Search for Homicide Answers

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) -- Cedar Rapids Police are urging anyone with information about a double homicide that happened on Wednesday night to come forward.

Just after 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Quintrell Perkins, 22, and Sierrah Simmons, 20, were gunned down inside a home at 1708 Fourth Avenue SE.

Bullet holes outside of the house indicate to police that the shooter was likely outside, but police chief Wayne Jerman said officers are hoping someone with information speaks out. The only way they can solve the crime is by working with the community, Jerman said.

"I'm not going to allow last night's incident to dissuade us or stop our resolve in continuing to make Cedar Rapids safer," he said.

Not after the Wellington Heights neighborhood has seen so much progress in the last several months, Jerman said.

"This is the first incident I've heard out of seven, eight months," said neighbor Mickeiel Brownston.

Brownston just moved from Chicago with his wife and three young children, and thought the area was safe, but now, he's worried about his four-year-old son.

"It make you worry about your own. So, if you love them, hug them. That's all I got to say," Brownston said.

And while the future on Fourth Avenue seems bright, police are in need of someone who can shed light on these deaths. Jerman credits the neighborhood association with the decrease of crime in the area, and wants to see similar partnerships grow.

"They became engaged and continued to work in close partnership with the police department, and that's how we achieved that success," Jerman said.

It's success that Brownston hopes to see again, if not for himself, at least for his kids.

"Like I say, I pray for the people, everybody involved, families. It's a sad story. It's a sad story," Brownston said.

Police said that are still unsure of whether the victims actually lived in the house on Fourth Avenue or not. They ask anyone with information to call the Cedar Rapids Police Department at 319-286-5491 or Linn County Crimestoppers at 1-800-CS-Crime. 
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