Man accused calling victim's mother after killing his girlfriend

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Carnell Kennedy

Yvonne Holmes is being remembered as a hard working, polite, funny woman who would do anything for her son, family and friends.
That’s why those who knew her are having a difficult time trying to figure out why the man she had been dating would allegedly take her life in such a violent manner.
Holmes, the 31-year-old mother of a 10-year-old son, was found by Andrews police in a pool of blood inside her apartment on Claire Street a few minutes before midnight Tuesday.
Georgetown County Coroner Kenny Johnson said she had been shot several times.
An autopsy conducted at the Medical University of South Carolina Wednesday indicated  Holmes died from “multiple gunshot wounds,” Johnson said.
Carnell Kennedy, 32, was booked into the Georgetown County Detention Center about two hours after the shooting. He has been charged with murder and posession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Johnson said, based on information gathered during the investigation, after shooting Holmes, Kennedy called her mother, Vanessa Holmes, and told her what he had done. He then, Johnson said, went next door to the apartment of Yvonne Holmes’ aunt and told them what had happened.
He then left the scene but was arrested a short while later.
Johnson said it is not believed the Holmes’ son saw the shooting becasue he was reportedly in bed when it took place.

No problems detected

Kennedy’s mother, Lizzie Kennedy, visited the Holmes family Wednesday and offered her apologies for her son’s actions.
She told a Charleston television station Holmes and her son were ”in love.”
Holmes’ mother said her daughter had been dating Kennedy and they were all together Tuesday afternoon, just hours before the shooting took place.
“Everyone was laughing and talking,” she said, adding she did not detect any problems between her daughter and Kennedy while they were all together that afternoon.

Loved her family

“She was a good mother and a good provider for her son,” Vanessa Holmes said of her daughter. She said her daughter worked at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort.
“She was a bundle of joy who loved to have fun,” the grieving mother said as she fought back tears. “And she loved to eat. She would  try anyting you put in front  of her. That is the type of person she was.”
 Holmes’ cousin, Derick Chandler, is an employee of Piggly Wiggly in Andrews. He said every time Holmes was in the store she made sure she found him so she could speak to him.
“She always had a smile on her face,” Chandler said.
Danny Nixon and his wife, Florine, have been living across  Claire Street from Holmes’ apartment for the past two decades.
“She was a nice, sweet person,” Mr. Nixon said.”And very kind hearted.”
Mrs. Nixon described Holmes as “quiet and very nice.”
Both said they had never seen Kennedy and knew of no problems between Kennedy and Holmes.
The couple said they were very surprised something like that would happen in their almost-always-quiet neighborhood.
“No, lord. I have never seen something like that here,” Mr. Nixon said.
In fact, it’s something Andrews police rarely have to deal with. That last murder within the town limits was in August, 2008.  

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