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In the early morning hours on Friday, October 12, 1973, Bettendorf police responded to an anonymous call from a man who said he’d just shot someone. Upon their arrival at the Duck Creek Plaza parking lot located at 852 Middle Road, officers found 23-year-old Alexander Torres Sauceda slumped in his vehicle’s front seat.
Sauceda — a Vietnam veteran who’d served with the US Army — had been shot multiple times in the head. Four spent .22 caliber cartridges lay next to his body.
According to an article published April 3, 2010 by the Quad-Cities Dispatch-Argus, Mr. Sauceda’s sister, Yolanda Sauceda, said her brother received several phone calls that night before leaving their house about 11:45 p.m. Sauceda did not tell his sister where he was going or whom he planned to meet.
Alexander Sauceda was born in Texas July 17, 1950, to Eulojia Torres and Santos Sauceda.
He served as a US Army Specialist 4 based in Iowa, and also served during the Vietnam War.
He was buried with military rites at the Rock Island National Cemetery in Moline, Ill.
If you have any information about Alexander Sauceda’s unsolved murder please contact the Bettendorf Police Department at 563-344-4015.