Justice Served: Clarence Reed Jr. Convicted of Brutal Murder in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa – Clarence Reed Jr. was found guilty of first-degree murder on Friday in the killing of Randi Light, his girlfriend. The tragic incident occurred in their apartment on Southwest 23rd Street in Des Moines in February 2022, where Reed brutally assaulted and killed Light. The verdict brought some relief to Light’s mother, Jerrie Redington, who expressed that justice was served.

Redington shared that there were warning signs in the relationship between her daughter and Reed, noting that she had never met him during their two-year relationship. The lack of interaction with her daughter raised concerns for Redington, who recognized it as a red flag. The months following her daughter’s murder until Reed’s conviction were incredibly challenging for Redington. The knowledge that her child was fatally stabbed multiple times weighed heavily on her, but she is slowly finding solace day by day.

Redington also reflected on the harmful relationship dynamics her daughter witnessed by growing up in a domestic environment. She expressed her wish that Light had learned the qualities of a healthy relationship. Compounding the tragedy, Reed Jr. is now awaiting sentencing, which is scheduled for November 9th. He faces a mandatory term of imprisonment.

In light of this heartbreaking case, if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, assistance is available. The Iowa Domestic Violence Hotline operates 24/7 and ensures support that is both free and confidential. Reach out at 800-770-1650. Additionally, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is accessible around the clock at 1-800-799-7233. For local crisis assistance, the Children and Families of Iowa Local Crisis Hotline can be reached at 515-243-6147. If texting is preferred, message “IOWAHELP” to 20121. Valuable information and resources can also be found at the National Center for Victims of Crime website.

Note: This article is a factual account of the conviction and tragedy without any quoted sources.