Rhomberg homicide investigation leaving local business owner concerned

DUBUQUE – Police responded to a shots fired call Sunday night at around 11 pm. When they got to the scene, they quickly discovered that they were dealing with a death investigation.

The man who was murdered has since been identified as James “Jimmy” Richardson, 21, of Freeport, Illinois. His cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest.

Emily Walbrun, who owns a salon right next to the house where this incident happened, came to work the next day not knowing if it was okay for her to work because of the police tape surrounding her building.

She says that her building has been in her family since before she was born.

“It’s been in my family this building for 55 years now, I’ve ran it for 5,” she explains.

Walbrun says that in the past couple of years she’s noticed a change to her neighborhood.

“Just in the past two years, all this commotion, people coming and going all hours of the day and night.” She attributes this to the people who moved in next to her, where the shooting took place.

Now she’s left worrying that this violence will affect her business.

“I think it already has, like since they moved in, but what do I know,” Walbrun says, choking up.

On the police side of things, they’re still looking for the person responsible for killing Richardson. However, that task can be difficult when people don’t cooperate, Chief of Police Mark Dalsing says.

“People that we know, know something aren’t telling us and they’re other people out there that have direct knowledge of it and they’re not coming forward.”

The public can find some comfort in knowing that this wasn’t a random act of violence.

“These were people that had knowledge of each other and that’s what precipitated the incident,” Chief Dalsing reiterates.

Whether the two knew each other or not, the even is still leaving people concerned.

Walbrun asks, “Where’s the good? Who’s good?”


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Allison is a senior at Loras College and is a Dubuque native. She's the Producer of LCTV News, along with Payton Van Vors, as well as an anchor and reporter. This past summer, Allison had an internship with KCRG in Dubuque, and she's continuing to work for them this Fall. Allison reports because she loves keeping her community informed on issues and events that matter to them.

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