David Shumpert

David Shumpert (Courtesy Jennifer Wilkinson)

David L. Shumpert


Dave L. Shumpert
27 YOA
430 E. Locust Street
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
Case # 1999-46557
December 2, 1999


Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing

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.

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David Shumpert was allegedly involved in an argument at the Hotspot Nightclub the night he was shot. Manager Chico Oakley told police he hadn’t seen Shumpert there that night.

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.

Loss ripples through large, loving family

News of Shumpert’s death sent ripples of grief through a large, loving family.

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David Shumpert’s son, Sir David Shumpert.

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.

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David Shumpert’s youngest son Darius joined the US Marine Corps after graduating from high school in 2014.

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.

About David Shumpert

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.

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David L. Shumpert served with the US Navy after graduating high school.

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.

Information Needed

If you have any information about David Shumpert’s unsolved murder, please contact the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4864.

  • Personal correspondence from Jennifer Wilkinson to Iowa Cold Cases
  • Des Moines Police Department, Correspondence to Jody Ewing at Iowa Cold Cases, July 10, 2009
  • Person Details for David L. Shumpert, “United States Social Security Death Index” — FamilySearch.org
  • United States Public Records, 1970–2009, Person Details for David L. Shumpert — Family Search.org
  • David Lydell Shumpert Find a Grave Memorial page
  • “Slayings keep D.M. police stumped,” by Tara Deering, The Des Moines Register, September 13, 2003
  • “Slaying of man baffles family,” The Des Moines Register, December 4, 1999
  • “Police lack suspect in downtown killing,” The Des Moines Register, December 3, 1999


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19 Responses to David Shumpert

  1. Jennifer Wilkinson says:

    I am missing you everyday praying and wishing that they would solve your murderer or somebody would come forward I hear now our son sir David is having a daughter in October the first of your grandchildren Darius is about to leave to the Middle East for the Marines I pray every day that he comes home safely we miss you so much and wish somebody would come forward

  2. Patrick Kerrigan says:

    I like the fact that the Hotspot manager does not remember David being there that night. But supposedly he got into an argument with someone there earlier. So, I guess the manager ignores the fights and arguments taking place at the club. But, then he be protecting his gang members who hang out at the club.

    Also, wonder about the car VA accident. He was driving a friend’s car. Could his friend beenb brought the actual target.

  3. Jennifer Wilkinson says:

    Please one more thing continue to watch over your boys in the rest of the family Darius 💰💰 please one more thing continue to watch over your boys in the rest of the family Darius 💰💰💰 could be deployed with the year maybe eight months just please keep your hands over them as they take on these journeys of life Love you forever and always rest in peace David love you to the moon And Beyond

  4. Jennifer Wilkinson says:

    Well David it’s April 2018 I miss you more and more every day and I know you would be proud of your boys Greedy is getting yourself out of trouble and Darius 💰 Will David it’s April 2018 I miss you more and more every day and I know you would be proud of your boys Greedy is getting yourself out of trouble and Darius 💰💰💰 well you know he was the go-getter he’s a junior in college and deciding to maybe transfer to the army out of the Marines he wants to go on for more years of college to graduate with his masters and David wants to get out and he’ll take care of his mom these kids remind me so much of you day in and day out so many memories and so many of your traits come through them I miss you more than life itself I just want you to know how much we miss you and we will be to see you and there’s never a day that goes by that I don’t think about you I drop a tear at least once a week You are my knight in shining armor and nobody is ever set up to be half the man that you were to me I love and miss you dearly

  5. MarGurita Hammond says:

    I love you bro and wish you was here to meet your bad ass niece??and see all the good things I hear your handsome boys my nephews are doing ❤️❤️?I love you and miss you dearly???

  6. Jennifer Wilkinson says:

    Not a day goes by that I don’t think about you…..I love and miss you so much

  7. Jennifer Wilkinson says:

    Here I am with thoughts of him on my mind as usual thinking about the questions my kids is always a test who and why I never have been able to give an answer deep down inside I know somebody out of all those people it was a bit and know exactly who did it but her being big chickens to say anything I’m just asking them to sit back and think if they were in my shoes or if they were my kids how do you think their wife or spouse would explain this to them when they got older my son said he said face-to-face with the fool in prison but nothing was ever brought about but some day God’s way he will get what he’s got coming to him I just wish somebody I don’t care if it was anonymous would call and give them more of an idea of who why for my children’s sake they deserve to know the truth and so do the rest of us it’s very selfish to keep it to yourself as if it doesn’t hurt or bother anybody it’s been all these years and I still think about it everyday you not only took him away from his family his kids but me…. I miss my heart and soul I love you and think about you everyday

  8. MarGurita Hammond says:

    Love you

  9. MarGurita Hammond says:

    Rest In Paradise

  10. Diana Wilson says:

    So sorry this happened. I hope your family gets the peace they deserve by at having this crime solved.

  11. MarGurita Hammond says:

    Happy birthday love I love you and miss you so much big bro and wish you was here but since your not tell grandma them hey for me it's your day so I know your enjoying it so rest on in paradise until we meet again…❤

  12. Kameshia says:

    It’s Mesha Dell… Its been 16.5 years and over 20 seen the last time you picked me up. You were my second favorite cousin. I find myself crying when I read about you. You would be so proud of your little cousin Mesha. I use to be so excited when you came to visit grandma’s house. Hated for you to go. I’ll never forget you. I wish I could talk to you one more time. Rest in paradise big cousin. Crying as I type THESE words. Kisses

  13. jennifer says:

    We miss you so very much….I love you….you would be so proud of your boys….always watching for a sign from you…..

  14. Jennifer Iamwhoiam Wilkinson says:

    Just an up date darius will be graduating and has joined the marines david is really getting his self together they have grown into some real nice you men I know you watch over them we are so blessed we love and miss you always…we will see you again one day

  15. Angelica gray says:

    Miss u David!!!!! #my cousins daddy <3

  16. MarGurita Hammond says:

    R.I.P gone but never forgotten!!!

  17. jill wilkinson says:

    david i wish you was here to see the fine young men you have and see your brother and sister..i wish we could go back and change things..we all love and miss you so very much

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