Suspect in custody in connection to fatal home invasion, shooting of Rhodes College student

Micaela A Watts
Memphis Commercial Appeal
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Note: This story has been updated with a statement from Memphis police Chief C.J. Davis.

The Memphis man suspected of shooting and killing Rhodes student Andrew "Drew" Rainer during a home invasion is in custody, Memphis police said. 

Rainess Holmes, 36, has been arrested and faces several charges in connection with the fatal home invasion, including first-degree murder. Police identified Holmes as a suspect Monday.

According to Memphis police, three to four men broke into a residence in the 700 block of North McLean around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday. 

During the invasion, police say, an individual shot and killed Rainer, a senior at Rhodes College. He was declared dead at the scene. 

A second victim was also shot, and was taken to Regional One hospital in non-critical condition. 

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Rainer was a graduate of Christian Brothers High School. At Rhodes, he was majoring in English and minoring in music. 

The college confirmed Rainer was a student on Monday; the college canceled all classes for the day. 

Rainer earned the Clarence Day Scholarship for "leadership qualities inside and outside the classroom," said Rhodes College Interim President Carroll D. Stevens. He was also the chaplain for the Epsilon Sigma Chapter of the Sigma Nu Fraternity.

Off-campus, Rainer played for the band Belvedere Memphis.

Holmes was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Two Rivers Violent Fugitive Task Force in the 3100 block of Powell Avenue — about three miles east of the house where Rainer was killed. 

Memphis police Chief C.J. Davis commented on Holmes' arrest Tuesday afternoon. 

"We are hopeful the capture of Rainess Holmes will lead us to others who may have played a part in this crime. Our commitment is to seek justice for the victims and family members who are impacted by such heinous acts," Davis said. "In this same spirit, we will work relentlessly to rid our community of violent offenders who pervasively threaten the safety and livelihood of our citizens.”

You can read Davis' full quote here

Micaela Watts is a reporter for The Commercial Appeal. She can be reached at [email protected] 

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