27-year-old found dead in Red Oak, Iowa, was a ‘loving and caring father’; authorities make arrest in slaying

The mother of a man found dead Wednesday in Red Oak, Iowa, remembered him as “a very loving and caring father, and a very loving and caring person.”

Red Oak police said 27-year-old Devin Davis’ body was found about 4:15 a.m. on a Red Oak street. About eight hours later, police arrested 39-year-old Kevin D. Staley of Red Oak.

Davis and Staley had been in a confrontation that led to Staley shooting Davis, according to a press release from Red Oak police.

Davis’ mother, Lavonne Squires, said her son was the proud father of 19-month-old Dreyven.

Davis grew up in Villisca but graduated from high school in Red Oak in 2008. He loved to write music, particularly rap, and had a roofing job, Squires said.

In addition to his mother and son, he is survived by five siblings, his grandmother Kathaleen Davis and two uncles.

As news of his death spread, friends quickly filled his Facebook page with tributes.

Law enforcement officers obtained a search warrant for Staley’s residence and took him into custody without incident about 12:40 p.m.

Staley was arrested on suspicion of voluntary manslaughter and was taken the Montgomery County Jail, where officials said would held on $100,000 bail.

Davis was sentenced to state prison in 2013 and 2016 for drug possession. He was also convicted in June on theft charges and sentenced to 45 days in jail.

Staley has a handful of minor drug and alcohol convictions on his record.

Officials were looking into whether Davis had been killed elsewhere before his body was dumped at the Red Oak location, said Mitch Mortvedt, assistant director of field operations for the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

An autopsy that could provide a definitive cause of death will be conducted in a couple of days, he said.

Red Oak police and fire officials, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office were working with the state agency on the investigation.

Red Oak is about 55 miles east-southeast of Omaha.

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