Teens arrested for Friday murder

Abbey Brown

Mary Holder has always been there to fix her youngest son DuJuan’s problems.

Once she finds out why her son was murdered Friday morning, her wounds will be healed, she said.

“He always looked to me to fix it, and this is my way to fix it,” Mary Holder said. “I can’t bring him back. But what was done just doesn’t make sense.”

A little before 1:30 a.m. Friday, 29-year-old Holder was found shot to death in his Lost Circle Drive apartment by one of his roommates, Matt Hagan. Holder’s brother Dwight also lived in the apartment.

They had just signed their apartment lease on Feb. 16, landlord Michael Denney said.

Two teens were arrested early yesterday morning in connection to Holder’s homicide.

Jamin William Roberson, 18, of Bowling Green, was charged with murder and first-degree burglary. He was arrested in his Patrick Way apartment.

A 17-year-old male was charged with murder by complicity and first-degree burglary. The police have not released his name because he is a juvenile.

According to the police report, Roberson admitted to unlawfully entering the apartment by kicking in the rear door while armed with a loaded handgun. He said he intended to steal money. Roberson told police that during the burglary he shot and killed Holder.

Two independent interviews from witnesses named Roberson as the person committing the murder, the police report stated. The police have not released information about the juvenile’s arrest.

Police have also not released the names of the witnesses.

The report described Holder and Roberson as acquaintances.

Holder’s mother said she heard from others that Holder knew Roberson very well, but she doesn’t know how her son knew him or for how long.

Deputy Coroner Dwayne Lawrence said Holder sustained multiple gunshot wounds, which were the cause of his death. Lawrence wouldn’t comment on where or exactly how many times Holder was shot.

A red rose placed on the front steps of the apartment only hours after Holder’s body was removed contrasted with the yellow police tape blocking both entrances to the apartment. All the windows had been sealed with evidence tape.

A nearly empty kitchen was visible through the open back door Friday afternoon, and rain-soaked cardboard boxes littered the back patio. The voices of police investigators wafted out the open door.

By Sunday afternoon, the back entrance had been boarded up.

Officers spent the weekend questioning Holder’s roommates and neighbors, gathering evidence and looking for clues.

Mary Holder said Dwight has had a hard time dealing with his brother’s murder. She said he blames himself for it because he wasn’t there to protect his younger brother.

“I don’t blame him for not being there,” she said. “I lost one. The feeling is so deep, and it would be deeper if I had lost both of them.”

Holder’s body has been transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville for an autopsy.

The funeral will be at Burnam & Son Mortuary at 1 p.m. today.

Holder is survived by his parents, Ronnie and Mary Holder; sister Ladana Patterson; brother Dwight Holder; and grandparents James and Beulah Murrell, all of Bowling Green.

Mary Holder described her son as loving and caring.

“He always wanted love and was able to show that love back,” she said, tearing up. “He wouldn’t do anything in the world to hurt anyone. He would just help ones that he could.”

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