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One arrest made, other deaths unsolved

One arrest made, other deaths unsolved

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WATERLOO - Although police have made an arrest in the June 2004 slaying of Robert Vincent Robinson, the deaths of his two cousins remain unsolved after years of investigation.

Robinson's accused killer, Ramale Hunt, 20, was captured in Arizona May 13 after eluding police for almost a year. He has waived extradition and is expected to be returned to Waterloo soon to face a charge of first-degree murder.

But no arrests have been made - and no suspects named - in the unrelated homicides of Robinson's cousins - Terence Dwayne Currington and Martavious "Tay" Deshaun Robinson.

"They was all cousins. Back to back to back. They grew up together," John Joseph Sanford Jr., Robert's youngest uncle, said of the trio.

Tay's grandmother, Dorothy Robinson, she is less clear on her grandson's relation to the other two and said the relationship, if there is one, is more distant.

Tay Robinson was shot in the head as he left the home of a relative at 408 Thompson Ave. June 21, 2002. He died several days later. Calvin Maurice Rash, 28 and of Chicago, also was killed in the shooting.

Currington had stopped his car to talk to a friend in the 400 block of Adams Street - only blocks from his home - on Aug. 7, 2003. As they talked, another car pulled beside his. There was some yelling, and shots rang out.

Currington's vehicle traveled a short distance down the block until it jumped the curb and hit a tree.

No one has been brought to justice in either case, and Sanford said family members have had little contact with police since the initial crime.

"We haven't heard anything. We haven't talked to investigators in almost two years," Sanford, 29, said.

It has been about a year and a half since Tay Robinson's mother, Faye Robinson, last talked with police about her son's death. Hearing about it opens old wounds, but she still wants justice.

"I just wish they could find out who did that to my son," she said. "It really hurts. I miss him a lot."

Police still have the car Currington was driving when he was killed. They are holding it as evidence. Family members don't know if investigators have any leads or have made any progress.

"They could at least check in and say 'We're trying.' But they haven't called and said nothing. It's like it's unsolved, and they just left it at that," Sanford said.

Thinking about the three cases, Sanford said he understands that Robert Robinson's death - which happened outside a popular nightclub during closing time - likely had many more witnesses than the slayings of the other two cousins.

Capt. Bruce Arends said the department is still looking into both Currington's and Tay Robinson's deaths.

"We certainly keep investigators assigned to those," Arends said.

Authorities think there are more people who know what happened but haven't come forward to cooperate with police.

"We don't have an overabundance of information from individuals who may have knowledge of the shooting," Arends said.

Court records indicate Rash, who was with Tay Robinson when he was shot, had been under investigation for drugs at the time of the shooting.

"It's hard for us to get by. Anytime a birthday comes by you get sad, but you can't do but to get by," Sanford said. The family still celebrates Currington's birthday each year and visits the site where he drew his last breath on the anniversary of his slaying.

Faye Robinson visits her son's grave once or twice a month.

"I always talk to him and tell him how much I miss him," she said.

Faye Robinson said she has been told a man involved in Tay's death is now in prison on other charges.

Still family members want the case closed.

"We haven't stopped praying that they will find the person who did this. But things are just like at a standstill," Dorothy Robinson said.

Contact Jeff Reinitz at (319) 291-1578 or jeff.reinitz@wcfcourier.com.

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