Raymond March Jr.Courtesy photo Janie
Raymond L. March Jr.

Raymond L. March, Jr.

Homicide

Raymond L. March, Jr.
23 YOA
Wilma’s Club
1200 blk of N. Harrison
Davenport, IA
Scott County
June 20, 1998

Case summary by Jody Ewing

Raymond L. “Little Raymond” March Jr., 23, was shot outside Wilma’s Club in Davenport, Iowa, at 2 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, 1998.

According to police, March — a Davenport resident who formerly resided in Fairfax, Iowa — walked with a group of people out toward their cars once the bar closed. The group talked for several minutes before March walked away. Seconds later, shots rang out and March fell.

Scott County in Iowa
Scott County in Iowa
Davenport in Scott County
Davenport in Scott County

Police said at least one bullet hit March near the neck. A bystander and an officer administered CPR until paramedics arrived.

March was taken to Genesis Medical Center-East Campus in Davenport, where he died shortly after arrival.

It was the Quad Cities’ first homicide of the year.

About Raymond March

Raymond L. March, Jr., was born in Iowa City on April 11, 1975. He graduated in 1995 from Davenport Central High School, where he’d played football, and was a former employee of APAC in Hiawatha.

Services were held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 1998, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport. Burial was at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation was held from 5 – 8 p.m. Monday, June 20, at McGinnis, Chambers and Sass Funeral Home in Bettendorf, and from noon until the time of services Tuesday at the church.

Raymond March gravestoneCourtesy photo TheMirrorBlue, Findagrave.com
Raymond March Jr. is buried at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery.

Survivors included a daughter and a son (children’s names withheld as per their mother’s request); his mother, Pamela Turnquist of Davenport; his father, Raymond March Sr. of Fairfax, Iowa; his stepmother, Sandra Townsley of Davenport;  two sisters, Tanisha March and Shalonda March, both of Davenport; two brothers, Nathaniel Turnquist of Davenport and Ramon March of Fairfax;  a stepbrother, James Townsley, Davenport; grandparents, Ludwig “George” and Phyllis Turnquist and Frankie and Cora March, all of Davenport; and great-grandmothers, Hortense Turnquist and Lucille Turnquist, both of Davenport, and Frieda Ahlgren, Peoria, Ill.

Information Needed

If you have any information concerning Raymond March’s unsolved murder, please contact the Davenport Police Department at (563) 326-7979.

Sources:
  • Raymond March family member, October 2013
  • Raymond March photo sent to Iowa Cold Cases from “Janie” on April 17, 2012
  • Davenport’s unsolved homicides,” The Quad-City Times, June 25, 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial
  • Cold case murders 1935-2009,” by Bill Mayeroff, Quad-Cities Dispatch-Argus, March 27, 2010
  • “Ex-Fairfax man shot to death in Davenport,” The Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 22, 1998
  • “Fairfax: Obituaries,” The Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 22, 1998
  • “Obituaries: Raymond L. March, Jr.,” The Quad-City Times, June 22, 1998

 

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5 Responses to Raymond March

  1. so sorry for you loss, I hope that someday this can be solved, please know I care.

  2. I pray that the family and friends find who did this. I don’t know what to say. It hurts like hell. I pray for justice for the family and friends. I’m so sorry. My thoughts and heart are with you.

  3. So sad, I went to school with him!

  4. Jessica says:

    WOW, we had so much fun kicking it still can’t believe that somebody would do this to you continue to Rest In Peace you are truly missed! ?

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