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David L. Shumpert, a 27-year-old US Navy veteran and father of two young sons, was shot in the chest in the 400 block of E. Locust Street in Des Moines shortly after 10 p.m. on Thursday, December 2, 1999.
Earlier that evening, Shumpert — who resided at 1447 E. 19th St. in Des Moines — had borrowed a friend’s Pontiac and been involved in a collision with a Cadillac close to where the shooting later took place.
Shumpert also had allegedly engaged in an argument with another man inside the Hotspot Nightclub, located at 430 E. Locust Street, shortly before the shooting occurred.
Twenty bar patrons were taken to Des Moines police headquarters for questioning, though none provided information that might have led police to Shumpert’s killer.
Hotspot manager Chico Oakley told police fights would sometimes break out between rival gang members who frequented the business, but that Shumpert — a regular customer — never caused any problems when there.
Oakley told investigators he’d not seen Shumpert at the Hotspot the night Shumpert was shot.
In a Des Moines Register article dated December 4, 1999, Shumpert’s father, David Shumpert Jr., called his son a “good man,” and said he’d never really worried about him.
The family did not believe the shooting was gang related.
News of Shumpert’s death sent ripples of grief through a large, loving family.
One of 12 siblings, Shumpert had seven brothers (one died before Shumpert’s homicide), and four sisters. He also had two young sons, 4-year-old Sir David Shumpert and 2-year-old Darius Lerod Shumpert, both of Des Moines.
“They ask questions a lot and I don’t have answers for them,” the boys’ mother, Jennifer Wilkinson, told Iowa Cold Cases on June 1, 2012. “I just know they interviewed over 20 people and no one knew anything, which I don’t believe after all these years.”
Someone knows something, Wilkinson said, and her children need closure.
Shumpert’s youngest son decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and serve his country.
Darius Shumpert signed enlistment papers toward the end of his senior year in high school, and after graduating in 2014 entered the US Marine Corps.
Both her sons had turned out to be fine young men, Wilkinson said.
“[David] is missed dearly and he is missing so many beautiful accomplishments,” Wilkinson told Iowa Cold Cases in December 2014.
Shumpert’s family continues to hold out hope that one day they’ll have answers in his still unsolved murder.
David Lydell Shumpert was born September 25, 1972 in Oktibbeha County, Starkville, Mississippi, to Dave Shumpert and Lois Shumpert Minor.
At an early age, he united with Saint Mark Church of God in Christ and later united with Charity Full Gospel Baptist Church.
He attended Starkville High School where he graduated. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy, later moving to Des Moines, Iowa.
He departed this life on December 2, 1999 at 10:34 p.m. in Des Moines, Iowa.
Left to cherish his memory were two sons: Sir David Shumpert and Darius Lerod Shumpert of Des Moines, Iowa; his father, Dave Shumpert, Jr. of Des Moines; his mother, Lois Minor and stepfather, Willie Minor of Starkville, MS; six brothers: Timothy R. Minor and LaMicheal T. Minor of Starkville, MS; Marco L. Shumpert and Dave Shumpert III, both of Des Moines; Devondre Addison and Karrie Lucious of Starkville, MS; four sisters: Margurita Hammond and Beatrice Moore of Starkville, MS; Taylor and LaTaya Shumpert of Des Moines; three step-sisters: Tiffany, Mary and Isis Adams all of Des Moines; his grandparents: John T. & Dilcia Brooks and Alma Shumpert, all of Starkville, MS; his aunts: Elizabeth (Steve) Kennard, Linda Brooks, Sara (Wallace) Lawrence, Georgia (Bobby) Stalling, Doris Brooks, Alma (Ernest) Gillespie, Louise (Otis) Gaines, Lue Sinda Shumpert, and Prudie Shumpert; his uncles: John (Hattie) Brooks, Willie (Bernice) Brooks, Mack Authur Brooks, Darrell Poe, Leroy Shumpert, Calvin Shumpert, William Shumpert, Cade (Diana) Shumpert, Tiamba (Lorene) Omowale, and Carlos (Rebecca) Shumpert; two special friends: Jenny and Joann; and a host of cousins and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother Fredrick Smith.
Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 8, 1999, at the Charity Full Gospel Baptist Church in Crawford, Mississippi.
If you have any information about David Shumpert’s unsolved murder, please contact the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4864.