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Family of murdered young mother speak out


“Strong, smart, beautiful soul,” those are some of the words family of Kimie Holt use to describe the young mother who was tragically killed over the weekend.

Holt was a 26-year-old nurse at Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno. 

“She accomplished a lot by 26, she already had her first home, couple of cars, a good job, she has a beautiful 2-year-old,” sister Tamara Wiggins said.

Friday, a judge granted Holt a restraining order against her on and off again boyfriend William Rivera. He attacked Holt the next day.

“(He) broke into the house through a bathroom window and was waiting for her to come home, more than likely, for the purpose of killing her,” Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.

Holt was on the phone with Tamara as she left work, something Holt did for safety, Dyer said. Tamara heard screaming and the phone went dead. Police say Holt was found dead in her child’s bedroom from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers responded and found Rivera, he killed himself in front of officers at the intersection of Kings Canyon and Armstrong.

“This is a horrific incident,” Dyer said. “I don’t know if there’s anything else that could have been done, Rivera was not arrestable.”

The couple’s one-year-old daughter was with a babysitter at the time, and will be cared for by the entire family. They hope sharing her story could save a life.

“Stick in that corner with that person,” Kimie’s sister Melissa Holt said. “You can go back and forth with them a million times, but you will regret it when there’s no more back and forth.”

“I don’t want anybody else to feel what we feel, it’s a horrible feeling,” Wiggins said.

St. Agnes released a statement to CBS47, it reads: “All of us at Saint Agnes are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Kimie Holt. Kimie was a wonderful nurse and highly respected by her colleagues. She had a significant impact on the patients and families for whom she cared in the ICU. Kimie’s love of nursing and heart for serving others will be her legacy. She will be deeply missed but never forgotten. Our thoughts and  prayers are with Kimie’s family during this very difficult time.”

You can support the family through their GoFundMe page, here.

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