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Police identify man who died in weekend shooting; suspect now charged with murder

Dok Nyok Akol Dok, 22, died at an Iowa City hospital, accoreding to the Des Moines Police Department.

DES MOINES, Iowa — A suspect is now charged with murder after a man found with a "gunshot injury" following a vehicle crash has died, Des Moines Police said Thursday.

18-year-old Christopher J. Wessels, Jr. of Des Moines is charged with Murder in the First Degree and Robbery in the First Degree. 

Police responded to a crash at 11:21 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 near the 1500 block of 11th Street. At the scene, police discovered the male driver had been shot.

The Des Moines Fire Department transported the driver, identified as 22-year-old Dok Nyok Akol Dok, to an area hospital. He died at an Iowa City hospital overnight, DMPD said in an update.

Police believe the shooting occurred during "an illegal drug transaction". 

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