A man has been charged with the murder of a Memphis college senior who was shot dead during a home invasion after refusing to hand over his iPad password to robbers.
Rainess Holmes, 36, was arrested by the Memphis Police Department and a US Marshals Task Force Team for the murder of 22-year-old Rhodes College student and musician Drew Rainer.
Holmes and two or three other people kicked in the door of Rainer’s home at 5:30pm on Sunday, wearing hoodies tightly tied around their faces, according to police.
Cops say the robbers demanded that Rainer give them his iPad password, and when he did not provide it, Holmes allegedly shot him in the chest.
Rainer then began fighting his attacker, and the gunman shot a second time, hitting another woman who lived in the home in the hand.
The suspects then allegedly fled with cell phones, games consoles, video games, and other electronics, according to Fox 13
When police arrived at the scene around 5.40pm, Rainer was found at the bottom of the stairs and was declared dead.
The wounded woman – also a student – was transported to Regional One Health in non-critical condition.
Rainess Holmes, 36, has been arrested and charged for the murder of Rainer. He allegedly shot Rainer after he refused to give him his iPad password
Andrew (Drew) Rainer, 22, was fatally shot in the chest after three to four robbers broke into his home on North McLean in Memphis, Tennessee. Rainer was a college senior at Rhodes College and studied English and music
The iPad was tracked to an inn at 3025 Summer Avenue, according to records.
A stolen Jeep Wrangler was also identified in the parking lot of the same inn, according to Fox 13.
A man, later identified as Holmes, and woman allegedly approached the Jeep before noticing police. They then fled and hid behind a drainage pipe, cops say.
Police found Rainer’s wallet and another victim’s phone in the ditch.
Holmes was eventually arrested by the U.S. Marshals Two Rivers Violent Fugitive Task Force at a home three miles away from the property where Rainer was killed.
He has been charged with first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery, three counts of aggravated robbery, especially aggravated burglary, and first-degree murder in perpetration of especially aggravated burglary by Memphis Police.
Rainer, who studied English and music at Rhodes College, was honored by the school on October 5, where students gather for a candlelight vigil.
Rhodes College honored Rainer by hosting a candlelight vigil and dinner in his honor
The school also canceled classes on Monday to offer grief counseling sessions to students who needed it
Rainer (right) created an 80s rock band called Belvedere who hosted several live performances and released a few singles
The band released a statement on their Facebook page, writing: ‘We miss you, Drew’
Hundreds of students gathered on campus to honor their fallen classmate with candles and hugs. The school also canceled classes on Monday to honor Rainer and offer students grief counseling sessions for those who needed it.
‘As we continue to receive official updates about a home invasion and shooting this morning near campus, Rhodes College has decided to cancel classes Monday, Oct. 4, while making counseling available to students,’ a statement said.
The college also hosted a dinner for all students on Monday, regardless of meal plan, in his honor.
In addition, Rainer’s 80s rock bank Belvedere released a statement on their Facebook page, writing: ‘Drew Rainer was senselessly taken from us on October 3, 2021. We miss you, Drew.’
Rainer was quite passionate about music and played bass guitar for the band and had promoted several live shows for the band in the past on his Facebook page.