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One year since Clark’s homicide

It’s been a year since Wendel Clark was murdered.

The crime remains unsolved.

Clark, of Fort Dodge, was 30 when he died of two gunshot wounds.

Fort Dodge police found him in the driver’s seat of his car on the morning of Oct. 7, 2015, in the 10 block of Fourth Avenue Northwest.

At 6:51 that morning, police got a call about gunshots being fired in that neighborhood.

Fort Dodge Police Chief Kevin Doty said officers investigated, but weren’t initially able to figure out what happened.

Eventually, though, they found a car parked “unusually” in a wooded area, he said.

Clark was unconscious in the driver’s seat. He was pronounced dead at UnityPoint Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center.

Webster County Crime Stoppers offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot and killed him.

It was a cold ending for a man his cousin said was a good-hearted person who would give you the shirt off his back.

Charles Clayton, executive director of Athletics For Education and Success, remembered his cousin this way: “He had a smile that lit up the room.”

He added, “He’s got some young children. Hopefully, people will step up and make sure those children do remember their father and their mom gets the support she needs.”

A year ago, after it was confirmed by the Iowa medical examiner’s office that Clark’s death was a homicide, Doty made this public request: “At this time, we are strongly urging anyone with information about this incident to please come forward and help us bring closure to this investigation.”

The request still stands.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fort Dodge Police Department at 573-1426 or Webster County Crime Stoppers at 573-1444. Tips can also be sent anonymously online at wccrimestoppers.com or by texting “LEC” and the tip to 274637.