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Todd Ruger

Kevin Jack's family knows the 21-year-old went June 14, 2002, to the Davenport bar where he usually shot pool.

But how he ended up dead of multiple internal injuries about 10 blocks away in the 5700 block of Pine Street early the next morning remains a mystery today, the two-year anniversary of his death.

In that time, the family has saved up enough money to offer a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in his death.

For Laurie Jack, it is just part of the effort to find out how her son died.

"We would like to know what happened," she said. "Somebody out there has to know."

As they did last year during the annual Sturgis on the River motorcycle event in downtown Davenport, the family will hang up fliers about Kevin's death at bars, grocery stores and other businesses.

The 2002 Sturgis event was taking place when he died, so the family hopes someone who will be in town this year is familiar with his movements that night. And if so, they hope that person sees the flier and calls the Davenport Police Department at (563) 326-7795 or Crime Stoppers of the Quad-Cities at (309) 762-9500.

"Maybe with the reward, someone will come forward," she said.

The family received five or six calls after hanging up fliers last year.

"It never led to anything." she said.

Police investigated Kevin Jack's death as a hit-and-run motor vehicle fatality, but investigators still have many unanswered questions about the circumstances surrounding the incident.

An autopsy indicated that he died of multiple internal injuries and had a blood-alcohol level of .018, almost twice the legal limit for driving in Iowa at that time. Investigators never got enough concrete information to identify a suspect or a car, police said.

The family still holds out hope of finding some answers and plans to meet and pray at 7:30 p.m. today during a candlelight memorial at the spot where Kevin's body was found.

Todd Ruger can be contacted at (563) 383-2493 or

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