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UPDATE: Police Say Woman Stabbed in Suspicious Death Turned Homicide

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- UPDATE: The Cedar Rapids Police Department confirms that the victim from Friday's homicide died of multiple stab wounds.

Moutaz Abosheasha was born in Egypt, but Cedar Rapids is where he was raised.

"I went to Washington High School and I'm going to Kirkwood now," said Abosheasha. "I have my family here."

But with his city's 7th homicide just across the street, he says Cedar Rapids isn't exactly home sweet home.

"I don't want to put the blame on somebody specific but it's not a safe environment," said Abosheasha. "Especially if you're trying to raise a family here."

"You never know if it's going to happen where I live of if who you're around can change on you," said 16 year old Makeala Cooper.

Moutaz says after more than a decade in Iowa, with all of that time spent in Cedar Rapids, he's thinking about leaving.

"Now that the crime rate is going up, me and my wife actually were talking about moving somewhere else and we're considering Colorado," said Abosheasha.

Police Chief Wayne Jerman says the recent uptick in violence doesn't chant anything about Cedar Rapids as a whole.

"Everybody should take their personal safety seriously but I want to assure everybody that Cedar Rapids is a safe city," said Chief Jerman.

He says he doesn't have an explanation for why the past four months have seen more killings than any one of the past 14 years.

He added that a major step towards curbing the violence are marches organized by community leaders. Just the night before the city announced its 7th homicide, Stop The Violence! IA hosted a march in Bever Park calling for an end to gun violence. The march stopped for a moment of silence at the scene of a double homicide from the middle of last week.

"The march they had last night shows me that they care and that they're demanding that this violence stops," said Chief Jerman.

Police are withholding the cause of death as part of their investigation.

CRPD Press Release: The suspicious death at 228 Jacolyn Drive SW is now being investigated as a homicide.  An autopsy was performed by the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner on Saturday, April 5th.  The Cedar Rapids Police Department was advised today that the Medical Examiner has classified the death as a homicide.

At 4:36 p.m. on Friday, April 4th, the Cedar Rapids Police Department received a request to conduct a welfare check of a resident of Shamrock Apartments, 228 Jacolyn Drive SW.  Officers responded to the apartment unit and found an adult female who was deceased.

The victim was identified this weekend as Shanna Lee Beyhl, DOB/03-30-1977, age 37, of 228 Jacolyn Drive SW, Apartment 13, Cedar Rapids.

This is an active investigation and police officers are continuing to follow several leads regarding the circumstances of this incident.  At this time, the Police Department does not believe that there is an immediate threat to the public.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the 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.

No further information is available at this time.
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