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Anthony “Fat Boy” Posley, 22, of 333 Pioneer Ave. SE in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was shot in the 1600 block of Sixth Avenue SE about 2:27 a.m. on Sunday, July 23, 2006. He was taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later.
According to Cedar Rapids police Lt. Kenneth Washburn, who investigated the case, those who spoke to the police indicated that Posley was shot in self-defense.
Officials interviewed several witnesses from the large group present when the shooting occurred, but many refused to cooperate, Washburn said, which hampered the investigation.
In an interview with the Cedar Rapids Gazette in 2006, Posley’s mother, Lawanda Wright, said she didn’t know the circumstances of her son’s death but said he was trying to “turn his life over and do the right thing.”
“He wasn’t a bad boy, but he wasn’t an angel, I know that,” Wright told the Gazette. “But as a mother, I can say there is no doubt: He didn’t deserve to die like that.”
Investigators are still interested in talking to people who may have new leads in the murder.
Anthony Posley was born December 26, 1983, in Chicago, IL, the son of Tommy Posley and Lawanda Wright-Jackson. He enjoyed playing basketball and being with family and friends.
He died Sunday, July 23, 2006, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids after being shot earlier that day.
Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 28, 2006, at the Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Cedar Rapids, with Minister Michael Muhammad officiating.
Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.
Survivors included his mother, Lawanda Wright-Jackson of Cedar Rapids; father, Tommy of Chicago; fiancée Lakila Veasey of Cedar Rapids; stepdaughter, Sarah Veasey of Cedar Rapids; two brothers, Morris Jackson and Timothy Posley, both of Cedar Rapids; six sisters, Kahyla Posley of MN, Nicole Posley of Kankakee, IL, Toniea Robertson of Chicago, Tangela Robertson of Cedar Rapids, Tishana McDade of Cedar Rapids and Delphine Posley of MN.
Also surviving are his grandparents, Verna Jackson of Kankakee, IL, Lee Andrew Posley of Chicago and Frank Barron of Kankakee, IL; great uncle, Aaron Levy Jackson of Cedar Rapids; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Tommy Posley, Jr.; and grandmothers, Ethel and Zettie.
A memorial fund was established in his memory.
If you have any information about this case, please contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department‘s Investigative Bureau at (319) 286-5400. You may also call Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-CR-CRIME. Tipsters may remain anonymous, and a cash reward may be available if the information leads to an arrest.