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Aubrey Young, 35, was shot to death near Redmond Park in Cedar Rapids at 2 a.m. on Sunday, June 15, 2008. Investigators found his body, lying face down on the ground, between two parked cars in the 200 block of 16th Street SE. Young had been shot once in the head.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and law enforcement from Minneapolis, Minnesota, assisted in the investigation.
Young’s murder took place during the height of the 2008 flood, and subsequently did not receive a lot of press.
In a June 16, 2008 Cedar Rapids Gazette article, former Mayor Kay Halloran admitted Cedar Rapids leaders did not give Young’s death enough attention. At the time, much of the city was underwater.
“It’s really unfair to the family it didn’t get the public support,” Cedar Rapids police Sgt. Cristy Hamblin told the Gazette.
Young’s sister Kimberly Street told the Gazette that growing up, Aubrey was always the family’s protector. “He was the big brother,” Street said.
Street said the last time she saw her brother was right after she gave birth to her twin daughters.
“The last thing he said to me was ‘bye twins, bye sis, I’ll see y’all in the morning,” Street told the Gazette.
Young’s 13-year-old son, D’Andre, had wanted to share a story with news media on June 15, 2011, but was overcome by emotion.
Hamblin told the Gazette police still don’t have all the pieces in the homicide’s puzzle, including an eyewitness.
On July 17, 2008, Crime Stoppers offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who killed Young.
The case remains open and police encourage anyone with any information to come forward.
Aubrey D. Young was born June 23, 1972, and formerly resided in Harvey, Illinois.
If you have any information about the unsolved murder of Aubrey Young, please contact Cedar Rapids police at 319-286-5478 or leave an anonymous tip at Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CR-CRIME.
KCRG-TV Channel 9 reports on the third anniversary of Young’s unsolved murder
Nine years later, Cedar Rapids murderer yet to be found | Report by KCRG’s Forrest Saunders | Aired June 15, 2017