Cedar Rapids Police confirmed another homicide in the city Thursday night and asked for the public's help in gathering more information. They've now identified the victim and made an arrest in the case.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that police arrived in the 2000 block of Wiley Blvd. SW just after 5 p.m. on Thursday. When they arrived they discovered a male victim in the parking lot who was already dead. According to a press release from the Cedar Rapids Police Department, the death was ruled a homicide.

Police didn't release information on the man's identity or how he died. However, KCRG reported that relatives of the victim at the scene told a TV-9 reporter that they "want the gun violence to stop."

Early Friday afternoon, the Cedar Rapids Police Department identified the victim as 29-year-old Michael Hodges Jr. of Cedar Rapids. Police say he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

28-year-old Darnell Bays (below), also of Cedar Rapids, has been arrested and faces four different charges. He's being held at the Linn County Correctional Center in Cedar Rapids.

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Bays has been charged with:

  • First Degree Murder
  • Going Armed with Intent
  • Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon
  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm

The case remains active with ongoing investigation. However, the Cedar Rapids Police Department says they are "not attempting to locate any additional suspects in this incident."

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