Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Police Arrest Suspects In Murder Of Salon Owner

Many of us remember the puzzling, disturbing murder on Labor Day weekend in 2012 of Yolanda Holmes, the owner of Nappy Headz Salon.

Ms. Holmes was killed in her Wilson Yard apartment on Montrose in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, September 2nd.  Known for being gregarious and generous, Ms. Holmes was stabbed and shot by a home invader.  She left a sister, a 22-year-old son, and many grieving friends.

Today the police revealed three suspects have been arrested and charged with her murder:   the killer, his accomplice, and the person who hired them to murder Yolanda Holmes -- her 22-year-old son, Qawmane Wilson.

Eugene Spencer, 22, is charged with committing the actual murder; Loriana Johnson, 23, is charged as his accomplice and getaway driver; and Qawmane Wilson, now 24, is charged with arranging the murder of his mother to get her $90,000 bank account and two life insurance policies.  All of them live on the South or West Sides, all have reportedly confessed, and all are behind bars with no bond.

When Ms. Holmes appeared at the opening of Target Wilson Yard in 2010, she stood next to the mayor and "said she and her children 'now have a safe and stable home.'" Heartbreaking all the way around. We can't imagine the pain the rest of her family and friends are going through with this news.

More details in the Tribune and DNAinfo.

13 comments:

  1. I was deeply saddened by this event, and was very disappointed to see her business close on Broadway. This is what people do when motivated by greed and jealousy of the success of others.

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  2. Question for the experts: I imagine the son got the insurance money immediately? So, if he's convicted, does he give back the insurance money? Can the insurance company sue? I wonder what he did with the $90,000 that's a lot of money.
    What a name -- Qwamane? How the heck do you pronounce that?

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    1. He and the young lady have instagram profiles n they bought lexus trucks and the son is flashing money. This is sad.

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    2. Life insurance money is rarely paid immediately. It generally takes at least a month or more. My friend died in July and his life insurance still has not been paid.

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    3. @lianna...if you go on youtube, you will see exactly how he spent her blood money!! He tossed it around in the air to all his loyal fans, saying he givrs back to hos community!

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  3. Like this 'KWA maine' its ghanian. His dad was from africa/Ghana...his middle. Name is kwame it means GODs day SUNDAY. His Mother Loved him unconditionally without him needing anything from anyone ! She gave him Life & a Beautiful Home with Friends & Family to care for him like Our Own. {Yogi! I MISS U Lady, U can Rest Now...we got him. Hate it was kwame our baby boy that did this to u, BUT! Let GOD take care of it, and ima See U again} I LOVE U, We was thick from day one!! RIP Yolanda 'Yogi' Holmes xoxo!!!

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    1. Tina you seem to know the family. Was the mother American or African? I notice a lot of the third generation African kids are "westernized" and acting like their American brothers, gangster like.

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    2. No Africa/Ghana connection, derived from the westside of Chicago. Just an urban name. His daddy is doing life for murder since this kid was born.
      Just another selfish kid with no regards for human life, not even his own mother

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  4. Absolutely unbelievable. These three have no souls.

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  5. I'm glad to see the employee Marcel was not involved. I believe he was a suspect at one time He is a good man who I've known many years.

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    1. I agree. I've known Marcel for a long time also & I never believed for one moment he was involved in that despicable crime.

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  6. This is such a sad story. I'm curious to know if her family and friends ever suspected her son was involved in her horrific murder?

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