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Cedar Rapids arrest four in 2012 homicide of Latasha Roundtree

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Police arrested four individuals this week in connection with the 2012 murder of 19-year-old Latasha "Tasha" Roundtree, and Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman said more arrests could be made.

Moments after learning of the arrests, friends took to social media.  They worked to get #TashaMac to trend on Twitter.

"Tasha gave Cedar Rapids life & nothing has been the same since she's been gone no one will ever forget her legacy lives on," one friend told KWWL.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired on Sept. 22, 2012, in the 600 block of 16th Avenue SW in Cedar Rapids.

Police later learned Roundtree had been admitted to Mercy Hospital and later transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where she died from her injuries.

"Obviously there was multiple gunplay and a tragic outcome," said Wayne Jerman, Cedar Rapids Police Chief. "A young woman lost her life."

Jeremiah Akeem Ellis, 18, of Rockford, Ill., was arrested Tuesday by the Rockford Police Department and Cedar Rapids Police Department and charged with first-degree murder, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit a forcible felony and going armed with intent.

Tajh Malik Ross, 18, of Cedar Rapids, was arrested Wednesday by the Cedar Rapids Police Department and charged with first-degree murder, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit a forcible felony and going armed with intent.

Liban N. Muhidin, 20, of Cedar Rapids, was arrested Wednesday by Cedar Rapids Police and charged with conspiracy to commit a forcible felony, perjury and accessory after the fact.

Adrian Marcelis Kenney, 22, of Cedar Rapids, was arrested Wednesday and charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit a forcible felony, trafficking in stolen weapons, perjury and accessory after the fact.

Police have not released a motive for the murder.

"We're still looking at all the possibilities to make sure that the county attorney's office is successful in prosecuting," said Jerman.

Roundtree was a 2012 graduate of Washington High School, where she was a star of the basketball team and on the homecoming court.

"I am very proud of the persistent efforts of the Cedar Rapids Police Criminal Investigative Division," said Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman. "They have worked diligently for five months and we have had a positive outcome in this case.

"Over one-fourth of the men and women of this department have touched this case in one way or another," Jerman continued. "We have also worked closely with the Linn County Attorney's Office throughout this investigation. These arrests have been made because of the hard work of all that have been involved.

"I am pleased that we have been able to provide answers to the Roundtree family and to the community and to hold those responsible for the death of Latasha Roundtree."

Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman said Wednesday that the case is still under investigation and more arrests could be made. He said he did not believe the murder was gang-related.

Chief Jerman said the department has had an idea of who the alleged killers were, but Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden said the department didn't have enough evidence to press charges. Vander Sanden gave police the go ahead to make the arrests last night.

Cedar Rapids police say more than a quarter of the department worked on the Roundtree investigation at some point. The chief says that's because officers wanted to help provide closure to Roundtree's friends and family.

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