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Grieving family pleads for answers in mysterious death

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Dozens of people joined for a candlelit vigil in Cedar Rapids Sunday evening to mourn the loss of 60-year-old Chuck Flint. As police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death, loved ones are pleading for answers.

Last Sunday, Cedar Rapids police responded to the 100 block of 11 St. SW in Cedar Rapids where Flint was lying in the street, injured. He was rushed to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and later died Tuesday. 

At first, police suspected it was a hit-and-run but then later said it may have been an assault. As police continue their investigation, friends and family are trying to wrap their head around a death they're calling "senseless."

"This is a vicious brutal assault," said Chuck's brother Christopher Flint. "Senseless-no reason for it."

Loved ones gathered at the scene of where Cedar Rapids police found Flint exactly one week ago. 

His memory was honored as they lit candles, shared memories, and talked about the person they knew and loved. 

 "He was loved by many, many people, and all walks of life in this community," said Christopher Flint. "He was always willing to listen. He would give the shirt off his back to a total stranger and has done so. And for it to happen to a man like this is a travesty."

It's been one week and they still have no answers. Frustration, anger and confusion-a roller coaster of emotions, as they try to piece together what happened to him.

For them, details of the investigation, and the Chuck they knew-aren't adding up. 

"I can't believe this time of day, in broad daylight with this much traffic going by-I just don't believe it," said Chuck's brother Craig Flint. 

Chuck's brothers Craig and Christopher are asking if anybody knows anything, to call Cedar Rapids Police. 

"Somebody had to see something and is afraid to come forward," said Christopher Flint. "And, as long as people are afraid to come forward-stuff like this is going to keep happening-it's going to get worse."

People are pleading for any information that can help police solve what unfolded in those moments before they found their brother. 

"I don't believe for a second that somebody didn't see something going on here," said Craig Flint. "So if anybody, anybody will please step up and give police some information, the family would really appreciate it. 

Cedar Rapids police say this is still an active investigation, and are waiting for autopsy results to determine the exact cause of death.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Cedar Rapids Police Department at 319-286-5491.

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