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Police probe gambling link in Sunday Waterloo homicide

Police probe gambling link in Sunday Waterloo homicide

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A makeshift memorial stands near where Denelius Nesby died.

WATERLOO — Police are investigating if gambling was tied to a Sunday morning shooting that took the life of a Waterloo man.

Officers were called to the 700 block of Logan Avenue for a report of gunfire at about 5:05 a.m. Sunday and found 55-year-old Denelius Nesby on the ground in a parking lot with several gunshot wounds.

He was later pronounced dead at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital. An autopsy was planned Monday at the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s facility in Ankeny.

No arrests have been made.

One of the leads police are investigating is information Nesby had been gambling at a nearby establishment and robbed after winning, said Capt. David Mohlis with the Waterloo Police Department. He said officers also are investigating other leads.

Nesby was found near a car parked in the lot to the south of Greer Funeral Home, and police seized the vehicle to check for possible bullet holes and other evidence. It wasn’t clear if the vehicle was Nesby’s. Mohlis said officers believe the shooting happened in the parking lot.

Police reports show at 2:30 p.m. Sunday — about nine hours after the slaying — officers were called to Nesby’s home on St. Albans for a vandalism report. Someone had ripped a surveillance camera from his home. Family members were able to repair the camera, according to the report.

Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Waterloo Police Department at (319) 291-4340 ext. 7 or Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at (855) 300-8477. Tips may also be left at WWW.CVCRIMESTOP.COM or sent with TipSoft or by texting the word CEDAR plus the information to CRIMES (274637).

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