Eastern Iowa Man Shot & Killed at 8-Year-Old Son’s Funeral
Saturday was supposed to be a day to mourn the loss of an 8-year-old boy who had fought a courageous battle against cancer. It turned out to be the day the boy's young father would also die after being shot just 90-minutes before his son's funeral was to begin.
Saturday morning, August 1, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Davenport Police responded to a call at Weert's Funeral Home on Jersey Ridge Road, where a visitation for Jermier Shorter was to conclude at noon. 911 callers reported a man at the visitation had shot another man in the parking lot before fleeing. 26-year-old Jeremy Shorter of Davenport was the man shot. He was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.
According to KCCI, officers were able to locate a vehicle with the suspect, who led them on a high-speed chase through residential streets. The suspect was able to escape but was arrested less than three hours later.
24-year-old Nuemonei Laster was taken into custody after fleeing on foot from 800 W. 15th St. According to Our Quad Cities, he's been charged with first-degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm, interference with official acts with a gun, and eluding. He's being held at the Scott County Jail.
The Quad-City Times says Laster admitted to police that he had shot Shorter. Laster is being held on a $300,000 cash-only bond.