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Funeral arrangements made for Cape Girardeau homicide victim

Funeral services for Quinton David Combs will be held on Friday. (Source: Rawls Funeral Home) Funeral services for Quinton David Combs will be held on Friday. (Source: Rawls Funeral Home)
A candlelight vigil was held on S. Frederick St. in Cape Girardeau on Thursday night. (Source: Mollie Lair/Twitter) A candlelight vigil was held on S. Frederick St. in Cape Girardeau on Thursday night. (Source: Mollie Lair/Twitter)

The Cape Girardeau/Bollinger County Major Case Squad has disbanded in connection to a homicide investigation in Cape Girardeau, per the 72-hour standard activation period.

The homicide victim was identified as Quinton David Combs, 24, of Cape Girardeau.

Combs died from a gunshot wound, according to the Cape Girardeau Police Department.

Officers with the Cape Girardeau Police Department were called the 500 block of S. Fredrick Street at around 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15 in response to a shooting.

According to police, Combs was found on the street with a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.

While they identified a person of interest, Cape Girardeau police have not made any arrests in the shooting.

People living in the community where he died are pulling together to try and end the violence before it claims another life.

They gathered on South Frederick Street, the spot where Combs was shot and killed.

Organizers say the prayer and candlelight vigil was a way to console those who have lost family to violent acts. It also provides a platform for concerned citizens to talk about crime in the area.

Funeral arrangements

Services for Quinton Combs will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 at LaCroix United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday at the church.

For more information from the Rawls Funeral Home, you can click here.

Multiple witnesses, but few good leads

During the investigation, information was developed that up to 60 people were present in the area at the time of the shooting.

Through tips and multiple sources of information, witnesses to the murder were identified.

Police say the witnesses were exhaustively interviewed; many of them multiple times, and they refused to cooperate.

Police were asking for the public's help finding a 19-year-old Cape Girardeau man. They say the Major Case Squad believed he had information regarding the homicide.

They say numerous attempts to find the 19 year old through friends and family had been unsuccessful; however, as of Wednesday, Nov. 18, police say he did make contact with them in connection to the investigation.

The family is offering a $1,000 reward for information that will solve the case.

Neighbor, friend of victim reacts to shooting

Stephanie Fraction lives near where the shooting occurred and was a friend of the victim.

Fraction said she heard several gunshots early Sunday morning at around the time the shooting occurred. 

She said she thinks there are people who know what happened, but do not want to come forward.

"People know things that could probably help the situation," Fraction said. "I think people feel like that it's not their responsibility or that it's someone else's responsibility or that someone else will speak up. Even myself, at first I didn't want to get on camera and say anything, but as a friend of mine who would I be to not speak up on his behalf."

Fraction said it's frustrating that nobody will speak up regarding all of the crime that occurs in Cape Girardeau, especially in the south part of Cape Girardeau where she lives.

"It's a shame that we have to keep losing people like this," Fraction said. "It's a shame that we have to keep seeing people, our friends and people I just saw yesterday, this morning I have to see on Facebook that they're gone."

Fraction said we must strive to be a positive, proactive community.

"When you create an environment, that's the type of energy you give to that place," Fraction said. "Just shooting each other, especially in the black community is very hurtful. Sometimes you know the person that was shot and the person that did the shooting. This town is so small. Cape Girardeau is a very small place for so much to be happening."

Fraction remembers her friend fondly and said he had a smile that could light up a room.

She said she hopes answers come soon and that whoever is responsible is caught. 

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