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Mom wants daughter's, boyfriend's killers 'to suffer'

Posted December 5, 2016

— During a suspect's first court appearance, authorities said they found multiple guns, items from previous robberies and several Durham police uniforms in a car they chased over the weekend on Interstate 540 in connection with a double homicide at a Raleigh hotel.

Brittany Kenzell Hooks, 27, appeared before a Wake County judge Monday morning on one count of felony speeding to elude. Police said Hooks sped away from officers in an effort to protect her boyfriend, Brandon Xavier Hill, who ran from the car and remains at large.

Hill and Seaga Edward Gillard, 28, are charged in the Friday murders of April Lynn Holland, 22, and her boyfriend, Dwayne Garvey, 28, at the Americas Best Value Inn Crabtree in the 3900 block of Arrow Drive.

Angel Holland, April's sister, said life was tough for the couple. They had three children and lived in hotels.

"It was really hard for them, but they were trying to get their stuff together. They loved their kids," Angel Holland said.

April Holland was pregnant at the time of her murder. Now, Holland's mother is left trying to digest what happened.

"It's like ongoing emotion," Betty Holland said. "I feel like she's alive and then I know she's not."

"I feel like my life will never be the same. I will never be able to have my sister with me," Angel Holland said.

Gillard is charged with killing Holland. He is in jail without bond. Hooks was being jailed under a $50,000 bond.

Holland's family says now they want justice.

"I want them to suffer the way my daughter and her boyfriend suffered," Betty Holland said.

Anyone with information about Hill's whereabouts is asked to call 911. He should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.

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  • Betty Schmenks Dec 6, 12:24 p.m.
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    When this news first broke, it included what looked like mugshots of April Holland and Dwayne Garvey. While I can't imagine the emotional toll of losing a child to violence, the couple and their children were probably not hanging around with the best of folks to begin with, which may have led to their ultimate undoing.