Father gunned down at funeral service for eight-year-old son who died of cancer

A dad paying his last respects to his little boy who had died of cancer was reportedly shot dead outside a funeral home.

The alleged gunman then attempted to flee the scene resulting in a police chase and his arrest.

A murder trial is set to get under way after Jeramie Shorter, 26, was gunned down on Saturday at 11.30am, outside Weerts Funeral Home, in Davenport, Iowa.

According to local reports he was at the home to attend his eight-year-old son Jermier’s remains after the boy lost his battle with cancer.

The QC Times report suspected gunman Nuemonei Tre Vonne Laster, is being held in jail on first degree murder charges, eluding, felon in possession of a firearm and interference with a weapon.



Court documents reveal Davenport police attended the scene of the funeral home where Laster allegedly murdered the dad in the car park.

The court charged say Laster “wilfully, deliberately and with premeditation” shot Shorter.

He then fled the scene in vehicle without license plates. An officer tried to apprehend him near Jersey Ridge Road and Kirkwood Boulevard, but he managed to evade cops for a second time.



Father gunned down at funeral service for eight-year-old son who died of cancer

Laster then attempted to escape attempt on foot, throwing a bag with a gun inside over a fence, before he was arrested.

Davenport police say Laster admitted to shooting Shorter and his bond has been set at $300,000.



Father gunned down at funeral service for eight-year-old son who died of cancer

An obituary for Jermier said the boy “loved to play video games with his siblings, fighting with his bladeblades, and just having a good time with his friends and family”.

“Jermier loved going to school, watching all of the super hero movies, and listening to his music. His courage and love for others will never be forgotten.”

A motive for the crime is still to be established.

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