chicago salon owner killed by her son for $90,000 and her life insurance polices
His mother, the well-known owner of an Uptown hair salon, had bought
him a Camaro, hired an attorney when he was arrested with a BB gun and
helped him land a job.
So no one was completely surprised when Qawmane Wilson got his mother’s name, Yolanda Holmes, inked across his right shoulder.
But jaws dropped Tuesday when Wilson, Holmes’ only child, was accused
of repaying his mother’s generosity by arranging her 2012 slaying so
that he could get her money.
“I’m floored because, out of everyone, I thought he is the last one
who would do it to his own mother,” said Ayonna Anderson, who worked as a
stylist at Holmes’ salon and considered Holmes her best friend. “I
don’t know if it got to the point he loved money more than his mother.”
Prosecutors said Wilson wanted Holmes, 45, dead so he could access
the untapped cash in her bank accounts and two life insurance policies.
She was found murdered, shot once in the right temple and stabbed
repeatedly, in her Uptown apartment in the 1000 block of West Montrose
Avenue last year.
Wilson was ordered held without bail Tuesday along with Eugene
Spencer, 22, who allegedly killed Holmes, and Loriana Johnson, 23, the
alleged driver, by Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr., who called the
slaying a “heinous act.”
Holmes, who owned Knappy Headz beauty salon at 4141 N. Broadway, was
asleep with her boyfriend Sept. 2, 2012, when her son called about 4:46
a.m. to say he was headed over, Assistant State’s Attorney Maura White
The boyfriend was awakened by a gunshot and got into a fight with
Spencer, who allegedly pistol-whipped him with a Colt revolver,
according to White and court records. The struggle spilled into a
hallway, and the attacker escaped.
Within a week of his mother’s death, Wilson had liquidated his mother’s bank accounts, which held more than $90,000, White said.
Cellphone records revealed that Wilson called Spencer and Johnson “before, during and after the murder,” White said.
Wilson was arrested during a traffic stop Sunday, said White, who
added that the suspect admitted to detectives that he had set up the
robbery of his mother “for financial gain.”
Police arrested Spencer and Johnson, who works at a Markham beauty
supply store, within hours of each other Monday. Spencer told police
that Wilson hired him to kill Holmes and admitted to shooting and
stabbing her as well as fighting with her boyfriend, White said.
The boyfriend also picked Spencer out of a lineup, she said.
Johnson, who has a 4-year-old daughter, told police she drove Spencer to the North Side so he could rob someone, White said.
On Tuesday, Anderson said she was struggling to come to grips with
the allegation that the “shop baby” she’d watched grow up in the salon
arranged to have his mother brutally murdered and then sat through her