Macvell Holmes, 26
Macvell Holmes, a 26-year-old black man, was shot and killed Sunday, Nov. 5, in the 8600 block of Somerset Boulevard in Paramount, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Holmes was in his car outside his apartment complex about 1:40 p.m. when he was shot by a man who drove up in a red Lexus, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore.
Investigators think Sherman Darrell Myles, 29, was trying to carjack Holmes’ vehicle when the shooting occurred, Moore said.
Holmes was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:46 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Holmes grew up in Compton and graduated from Leuzinger High School in Lawndale in 2009, said his cousin Jenay Stephens. He had a 5-year-old daughter and helped support his grandmother, who had raised him from birth, Stephens said.
Holmes had worked as a mental health technician at College Medical Center in Long Beach for more than five years, Stephens said. “He loved his job. He worked hard, and he was always working overtime. He was very caring and generous. He would give you his last.”
Stephens has set up an online fundraising page to help Holmes’ family.
“He did everything right,” Holmes’ girlfriend, Karmen Rainey, told ABC7 News. “He was doing everything to provide for his daughter.”
Investigators think Myles, the carjacking suspect, was involved in multiple assaults the day of the shooting.
After Holmes was shot, investigators think the suspect fled in his Lexus and carjacked a red Mustang in Paramount. The occupants of that vehicle were not injured, Moore said.
Myles drove to Compton and crashed the Mustang into a Cadillac, Moore said, injuring the occupants, who were expected to survive.
That evening, Myles carjacked another vehicle in Long Beach and sexually assaulted the occupant, according to Long Beach Police Sgt. Brad Johnson.
Los Angeles police officers arrested Myles in connection with an unrelated incident later that night and then learned about the other allegations, Moore said.
On Nov. 9, Myles was charged with murder, as well as attempted premeditated murder, kidnapping, first-degree residential robbery, making criminal threats, attempted second-degree robbery, two counts of forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by a foreign object and five counts of carjacking, according to records from the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Myles is being held without bail. His arraignment, originally scheduled for Nov. 9 and moved to Nov. 30, has been continued to Jan. 18.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Photo: Macvell Holmes stands outside his grandmother's home in Compton in the summer of 2015. (Jenay Stephens)