Police arrest suspect in fatal Raleigh hotel shooting

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Monday, December 5, 2016
Raleigh police make arrest in fatal hotel shooting
Seaga Gillard was arrested and charged with murder

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- One suspect was arrested in the fatal shooting at a hotel near Crabtree Valley Mall, but another suspect remains on the loose.

Two people were found dead at Americas Best Value Inn Crabtree on Friday. The victims were identified as April Lynn Holland, 22, and Dwayne Garvey, 27.

The victims were identified as April Lynn Holland, 22, and Dwayne Garvey, 27.
Wake County Jail

On Saturday, police arrested Seaga Edward Gillard, 28, and charged him with one count of murder in connection to the death of Holland. He was taken to the Wake County Detention Center.

A GoFundMe has been set up by one of Holland's family members for funeral expenses.

Police have obtained an arrest warrant charging 29-year-old Brandon Xavier Hill with Garvey's murder. Hill jumped and ran after a multiple-county police chase early Sunday morning.

Hill should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who believes they know of Hill's present whereabouts or who believes they have seen him today is asked to call 911 immediately.

Homicide detectives are investigating. On Friday afternoon, police released a surveillance photo of the two suspects in the case.

Police have released an image of these two suspects in the hotel.
Raleigh Police Department

Hannah Johnson rushed to the hotel when she saw a Facebook post about the double shooting involving her friend, April Holland.

"They love their kids. They were trying their hardest to get through stuff," Johnson told ABC11.

Johnson said the couple was homeless and had been staying at the hotel for about a month.

Heavy law enforcement outside the Americas Best Value Inn Crabtree in Raleigh
ABC11 Photographer/Jim Schumacher

"I feel bad because she wanted her kids back," she said, adding that Holland had three children.

"Her babies. Now they're not gonna have their mama," Johnson said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or by visiting raleighcrimestoppers.org for email and text reporting options. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

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