By Kayla Tucker – Editor-in-Chief
The Grand Rapids Community College Holland Campus went into lock down soon after a double homicide occurred around 6:30 p.m Dec. 8 at 326 Stratford Way.
“Dispatch received several calls of multiple shots fired,” said Holland Police Captain Jack Dykstra. “When officers arrived they located a male victim on the front lawn just outside the slider of the apartment and a female victim inside in the hallway. Officers and firefighters started resuscitation efforts. When paramedics arrived, they were declared deceased.”
The victims were identified as 37-year-old female Mani Khounvongsa and 40-year-old male Gilberto Andrade-Pena.
By the time officers arrived the suspect had fled the scene. He was later found dead in his vehicle.
Two hours later, the GRCC campus was locked, in cooperation with GRCC Police Chief Rebecca Whitman, for precautionary reasons. Whitman said originally those on the campus thought the shooting was closer, but it was actually around two and a half miles away and there was no reason to believe he was in the vicinity. Still, a security guard notified all professors of the incident, locked the outside doors, and escorted students out to their cars after classes were over.
“Neither one of our campuses were ever in danger,” Whitman said.
The suspect, according to the Holland Police Department news release, is 51-year-old man Bounthavee Nerasin. Police pinged a cell phone in Zeeland believed to be his and conducted a search warrant at his home overnight. The suspect was believed to be driving a gold colored 1997 Lexus LS400, four-door with tinted windows. The license plate read: BRE2702.
This afternoon a captain with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department located Nerasin, dead by suicide, in his vehicle in a parking lot near 112th Avenue and Van Buren Street.
Holland Police joined the deputies in setting up a perimeter around the car before attempting to approach it. When the officers made contact with the vehicle, they found Nerasin with a single gunshot wound to his body. The Ottawa County Emergency Unit and AMR attempted resuscitation however Nerasin died on the scene, police said. Detectives later discovered a 9mm handgun, the weapon believed to be used in the double homicide, in Nerasin’s possession.
The case is still under investigation as investigators continue to learn more about what led to the shootings and if anyone else was involved. Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to contact detectives from the Holland Department of Public Safety at 616-355-1150.
Editor’s note – This story was updated at 4:03 p.m. Dec. 8.