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Little Rock police arrest suspect in connection to July 2021 homicide

Little Rock police have arrested Cedric Qualls in connection to the homicide of 27-year-old Keyeon Dukes that happened in July 2021.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Update: Little Rock police have arrested Cedric Qualls in connection to the homicide of 27-year-old Keyeon Dukes.

Authorities said that Qualls was taken into custody in Houston and has been brought to Little Rock after facing a capital murder warrant.

Little Rock police began investigating a shooting that occurred on July 3, on the 7500 block of I-30 that left 27-year-old Keyeon Dukes dead after being transported to a nearby hospital.

LRPD tweeted Aug. 5 that they are searching for Cedric Qualls, a suspect in Dukes' murder, who they believe has altered his appearance.

Following Dukes' death, his family held a balloon release before laying him to rest a week after the shooting.

Dukes was a father to 7-year-old Khalani, 4-year-old Keyeon Jr., and a baby on the way.

"Keyeon had a big heart. He was always the person to tell you you're beautiful and that he loves you," Genett Hood, Dukes' mother, said. 

"He was different than everybody else. He had his own swag. He did his own thing and he was going to live life to the fullest."

If you have any information on Qualls' whereabouts, the LRPD asks that you contact (501) 404-3051.

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