Matt Pusateri

Matt Pusateri (Courtesy The Gazette)

Matthew Pusateri


Matthew Pusateri
26 YOA
800 Block of Sixth St. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA
Linn County
November 12, 1988


Case summary by Jody Ewing

Cab driver Matt Pusateri, 26, was shot in the head about 3 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, 1988, while sitting in a Cedar Rapids parking lot.

Pusateri, who worked for the “Yellow Cab” company, sat parked in the 800 block of Sixth Street SW when two men approached the cab.

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Police speculate the two assailants tried to rob Pusateri, and then shot him after he refused to hand over any money.

Police have compared Pusateri’s murder to that of Brian Schappert, 22, also of Cedar Rapids, who was stabbed to death less than one year later as he worked at the Kum & Go convenience store at 2743 Mount Vernon Rd. SE.

Both victims were described as “good kids,” and robbery most likely was the motive in both homicides.

There was also the possibility that in each case, the young man died because he recognized the robber and could have identified him to police.

Both cases remain unsolved.

In May 1998, the Cedar Rapids Gazette and KCRG TV9 partnered in an “Unsolved Murders” series profiling several local cases.

In addition to Pusateri’s slaying, the series also featured a number of other unsolved cases, including the murders of:

Steven J. Klein, 54, was arrested in Muscatine, Iowa, July 17, 2015, and charged with first-degree murder in Kersten’s nearly 20-year-old unsolved homicide.

Cedar Rapids Gazette ad about cold cases

This large ad promoting the Gazette/KCRG-TV9 News cold case series appeared in the Cedar Rapids Gazette on Monday, May 18, 1998.

The Gazette and KCRG continue to publicize Iowa cold cases in efforts to reach readers and viewers who…somewhere…know something.

Matthew Pusateri is buried at Saint John's Cemetery in Cedar Rapids. (Courtesy photo Ken Wright,

Matthew Pusateri is buried at Saint John’s Cemetery in Cedar Rapids. (Courtesy photo Ken Wright,

About Matt Pusateri

Matthew E. Pusateri was born Oct. 3, 1962 and died Nov. 12, 1988.

He served with the BTFN in the US Navy.

He is buried at Saint Johns Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.

Information Needed

If you have any information about Matt Pusateri’s unsolved murder please contact Cedar Rapids Police Department Investigator Matt Denlinger at (319) 286-5442 or email

Tips may be provided to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at (515) 725-6010, or by email at



4 Responses to Matt Pusateri

  1. Gregory A Williams says:

    Are there any siblings of Matt still around in Cedar Rapids? I went to Washington HS with him. He was my friend. We had gym class together and he was my partner in the weight lifting part of that gym class. I have a story to tell them that I’ve never told anyone before. It was when we played football in gym class. It was the jocks against the lesser persons. Something we did during that one game that I need to tell a sibling or it will be lost forever. It’s a great story. Please contact me. At

  2. Spoof says:

    Murders like like this piss me off because here you have a young man making an honest living and gets killed for a few dollars in change by lazy people who should get a job

    • Stay Strong, Keep Fighting For Justice! says:

      Couldn’t agree more. Infuriates me to no end. Worthless piece of crap takes the life an honest, hard working guy in the early stages of his life.

      I actually knew of his family (not directly) as I too grew up in the SW side of CR. He and his family attended the same church & school as I.

  3. everyone loved Matt..I hope his murder is solved soon..

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