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Jazzmine A. Rembert

Jazzmine Rembert

WATERLOO | Police have arrested a Waterloo man in connection with the firearm death of a high school student in October.

Quaderious K. Spates, 18, turned himself into police Wednesday morning, a day after authorities announced they were seeking Spates on a warrant for involuntary manslaughter. He was taken to the Black Hawk County Jail, and his bond was set at $250,000.

Police allege Spates and Jazzmine Rembert, 17, were in a basement bedroom at Spates’s grandmother’s home at 520 Elm St. on Oct. 19 when Rembert suffered a gunshot wound to her head. She later died.

Spates was arrested in October for trafficking in stolen weapons and felon in possession of a firearm after police determined the weapon involved in the incident -- a 9mm Taurus pistol -- had been stolen during a prior burglary. He was released on bond in December.

Authorities haven’t determined if Rembert’s death was an accident or a homicide.

According to court records, Spates told investigators the handgun had been sitting out in the bedroom earlier in the night. He said Rembert had been handling the pistol, which was loaded and had the manual safety disengaged, and he took it from her and put it under a pillow.

He told police he gave Rembert drugs, and later that night she took the pistol from underneath the pillow, court records state. They struggled over the handgun, and it went off, according to the account Spates gave police.

Spates fled the house and hid the gun before police arrived, court records state.

Involuntary manslaughter is a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Court records allege Spates unintentionally caused Rembert’s death while he was committing the crime of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Since Rembert’s death, the Elm Street home where she died has been a frequent target of gunfire. As many as five bullets struck the house in the early morning hours of Jan. 8. On the afternoon of Feb. 19, a van carrying Spates and two others was hit by bullets as it drove in the 500 block of Elm Street.

There were two incidents of gunfire at the home in April. The first came the night of April 1; and then April 7, Shavondes Shavez Martin, 19, was shot in the neck while inside the house. He suffered minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital and released within hours. Investigators who searched the house found a 9mm Glock pistol with a large magazine and a .38-caliber Taurus revolver, according to police.

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Police and Courts Reporter

Cops and courts reporter for the Courier

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