Marshals task force captures suspect in Rhodes College student’s murder
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The suspect in a deadly home invasion over the weekend that killed a Rhodes College student is now in custody.
Memphis police confirm 36-year-old Rainess Holmes was captured around 9:40 a.m. Tuesday on Powell Avenue in Binghampton by the U.S. Marshals Two Rivers Violent Fugitive Task Force.
Holmes was named as a suspect Monday in the Sunday morning shooting of Drew Rainer, a senior at Rhodes College. He was later named to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Most Wanted List. Charges include first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery and especially aggravated burglary among others.
Police say they received a number of leads and Crime Stoppers tips. Then the Marshals task force tracked Holmes to the home on Powell and took him into custody with help from the Shelby County Fugitive Apprehension Team and MPD officers from the North Main and Tillman stations.
Police say Rainer and a woman were shot inside a home on McLean not far from the school early Sunday morning. Rainer died but the woman is expected to recover.
An alert from Rhodes College Campus Safety that same day warned students and parents to be cautious, saying Holmes targeted student housing in recent days.
Rhodes’ interim president said Rainer was a 2018 graduate of Christian Brothers High School majoring in English. He’d been recognized for his academic excellence and served as a chaplain for his fraternity.
“Drew’s death is a deeply felt loss to the Rhodes College family, especially his classmates, friends, fraternity brothers, faculty, staff, and the Memphis community, where he grew up and his family still lives,” read a letter to campus from Interim President Carroll Stevens.
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