49-Year-old man violently murdered in Rapid City

 

Rapid City Police are investigating a violent murder.

Officers were dispatched to the intersection of First Street and North Street Wednesday night, shortly before 9 p.m. Upon arrival, police located 49-year-old Charles Quiver of Rapid City lying in the street. It became apparent to officers that the man was a victim of a violent assault involving a baseball bat. A medical unit arrived on scene to transport the man to Rapid City Regional Hospital, where he died shortly after.

Witnesses described to officers two male suspects in the assault, who were last seen running from the scene. At least one of the men carried a baseball bat.

Police and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate the homicide. This is the sixth homicide investigated in Rapid City in 2015. In the past three years, there have been 14 homicides in Rapid City. In all but one of those homicides, the victim has been Native American.

“2015 is on track to see more homicides in a single year than we have had during my 20 years with the department,” said Chief of Police Karl Jegeris. “This is a clear example of disproportionate minority victimization, and I’m legitimately concerned for our Native American Community. I’m calling on local community leaders to come together to address the ongoing problem of disproportionate minority victimization within our community. This senseless violence has to stop.”

Police urge anyone with information to contact dispatch at 394-4134 or to send in an anonymous tip by texting ‘RCPD’ and the information to 847411.