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Update: man dies from injuries sustained during Cedar Rapids fight

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL)-- A Georgia man, who was assaulted Tuesday night in Cedar Rapids, has died.

Authorities have charged Henry Rogers with involuntary manslaughter after he punched Dustin Davis in the head. 

The incident happened in the Wellington Heights area, a neighborhood notorious for this type of violent activity.

"I came out for the aftermath. He was laying down right here where you all were standing at, and I didn't know what was going on when the cops pulled up," said Theodore Perez, who found Davis unconscious in his yard.

Witnesses say a fight broke out Tuesday night during a party.

People who know Rogers say he was sticking up for a friend when he assaulted Davis.

"He aint a person to try to get out and hurt somebody.  He's a pretty good guy," Perez said.

It's a neighborhood that's no stranger to incidents like this.

The good news, however, is Cedar Rapids police are reporting less amounts of violent activity city-wide to date in 2010, then reported in 2009.

"We are down, almost five percent down from the violent crimes," said Sgt. Cristy Hamblin with the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

Officials attribute the progress in part to programs put into place that facilitate better coordination between law enforcement and help increase police presence in neighborhoods.

Police commend community members for their role in standing up against violent activity as well.

"They're willing to take that risk, in the last few years they weren't willing to take.  They want it to stop and they want the people to go away and to make them go away, the community has to come forward and report it," Hamblin said.

It's progress for an area hoping incidents like Tuesday night's are fewer and farther in between.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner 

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