MEMPHIS, Tenn. — New information about the home invasion that lead to the murder of a Rhodes College student has come to light.
Police said 22-year-old Andrew Rainer lost his life over an iPad.
We’ve also learned that a third person, besides Rainer and his girlfriend who was shot in the hand, was in the house. That means that 5 people were inside the house when three to four people barged in wearing hoodies pulled tight to cover their faces, according to a police affidavit.
Witnesses told Memphis Police early Sunday morning that the front door of their house in the 700-block of North Mclean was kicked in.
Everyone was told to keep their heads down and not to look at the burglars.
According to the affidavit, Rainer was told to type in his passcode to his iPad and that’s where things turned south.
When he refused to type it in, he was shot in the chest. We’re told he then fought with the suspect over the gun and another shot went off hitting Rainer’s girlfriend in the hand.
When police arrived on the scene they found Rainer’s body at the bottom of the staircase.
Police said the suspects got away with phones, gaming systems and electronics. Memphis Police said they tracked an ipad to the Summer Inn at 3025 Summer Avenue.
When police got there they saw a stolen Jeep Wrangler that was used in the crime.
When they approached it, they noticed a man and woman walking up to the same jeep.
Investigators said the man took off and got away, leaving a trail of some of the victim’s items behind. We’re told the woman identified the man running away as Holmes.
So far only Raines Holmes has been arrested. He is facing a first-degree murder charge and a slew of other charges.
As police continue to search for others involved in the home invasion that led to the killing of Rainer, friends and family are still trying to process his sudden death.
“We would practice every week and literally every week Drew would come to my house and pick me up,” said Levi Bennett, Bandmate.
Levi Bennett saw Drew as more than a friend and a bandmate, but a big brother.
“He’ll always stop what he’s doing and come make sure I’m okay and taken care of,” said Bennett.
Rainer was one of three in the band Belvédère. He was also a senior at Rhodes College. Where he was majoring in English and minoring in music.
“Drew was a great example of the person you should want to be in every area,” said Bennett. “I want people to remember how kind and dependable he was and use that as an example and inspiration to live your life the same ways,” said Bennett.
Mass in celebration of Drew’s life will be celebrated at St. Peter Catholic Church on Friday, October 8 at 2:30PM.
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