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Two teens arrested for the June murder of 20-year-old Malik Sheets in Cedar Rapids

Malik Sheets
Malik Sheets (picture courtesy of family)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- Cedar Rapids Police have made two arrests in connection to the June shooting death of 20-year-old Malik Sheets.

17-year-old Christian Emedi and 16-year-old Marshawn Jeffries have been charged with First Degree Murder and Obstructing Prosecution for the murder of Sheets.

Emedi is currently in custody at the Linn County Juvenile Detention Center on unrelated charges and Jeffries was taken into custody in Davenport and transported to the same juvenile center.

Sheets was shot and killed back on June 18th in the 1000 Block of Regent Street Northeast when a fight broke out after an early morning party.

When officers arrived, they found Sheets on the floor of the living room suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in his neck and chest. 

He was transported to UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An investigation concluded that Emedi initially fired several shots at Sheets. After he fell to the floor, Jeffries fired several more shots into Sheets. Emedi and Jeffries along with others fled the scene after the shooting. When interviewed by police after being apprehended, they denied being at the residence but later admitted they were present, denying they were involved in the shooting.

The investigation is still active and ongoing.

Sheets had just finished his sophomore year at the University of Iowa where he was majoring in Psychology. He had also been on his high school swim team where his coaches remembered him fondly and believed he had a bright future.

"The possibilities of what he was going to be able to do with his life were limitless," Sheets' former high school swim coach Randy Ironside said. "I mean, from the robotics that he did in high school, to some of the outreach programs that he did, to the internships that he did. I mean it just showed that he wasn't your prototypical high school kid, he was matured well beyond his years."

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