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Statement released about Cedar Rapids shooting victim

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- A long time family friend has released a statement about Kevin Bell, the victim of Monday night's shooting in Cedar Rapids.

Susan Strait, long time family friend, says, "Kevin Bell moved to Cedar Rapids from Clinton with his twin brother, when they were 17. Kevin loved his friends, had a great sense of humor, was an outdoor person and was very loving and affectionate.  Kevin was a people person, who always had a smile on his face and was always willing to help anyone.  With the help of his family and friends he had begun to turn his life around in the last year.  He was working two jobs, for US Cellular and The Hacienda.  The family is requesting privacy at this time as they deal with this devastating loss."

Bell died at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics following a shooting at 113 1st Avenue West, apartment K just before 9:30 p.m. Monday.

Police say it appears this was a home invasion. They say three suspects forced their way into Bell's apartment.

Police aren't sure what happened next but say that Bell was shot with a handgun in front of six other people.

Police are still looking for the three suspects that fled the apartment. Their descriptions are below:

-The first suspect was a light skinned black male, 18 years old, 5'8" to 6' with a slender build. He had short hair. He was wearing a dark coat with a dark hoodie.

-The second suspect was a very dark skinned black male, 18 years old, about 5'5". He was heavy set with rounded cheeks.

-The third suspect was a light skinned black male, 18-19 years old. No other description was given.

If you have any information on this shooting, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CR-CRIME. All calls are anonymous and you could be eligible for a reward if the information you give leads to an arrest.

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