Public’s Help Needed in Murder Case

Thursday, June 25, 2015 Written by 
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Mourners and Inglewood police are still trying to make sense of the shocking death of 75 year-old resident, Robert Hollis. 


Hollis, who was blind and described as a man with a “smile as big as his heart,” was found decapitated in his apartment in the 800 block of Glenway.  He was discovered by his son on June 18.  His head was not with the body when it arrived at the coroner’s office.


The victim’s sliding glass door on his balcony was also open.


 "I have never heard of any organization decapitating a senior citizen, a blind senior citizen," Bishop L.J. Guillory told ABC News, speaking on behalf of the Hollis family. "Mr. Robert Hollis did not have enemies. He was a blind senior citizen living his last days in peace."


At a press conference held on Wednesday, the Hollis family pleaded with the community to come forth with any information about the case.  Family members are shocked and perplexed as to why anyone would want to harm him..


Meanwhile, Inglewood Police have not commented on the case.


Mayor James Butts and Inglewood officials joined mourners at a vigil for Hollis Monday night, held at Faithful Central Bible Church.


In a statement on Wednesday, Butts said:


“Mr. Hollis was a senior citizen, at home in his residence; Mr. Hollis was limited by his failing eyesight in his ability to defend himself; and Mr. Hollis’ remains were defiled in a despicable manner.  I believe these facts demand an immediate and strong statement of support from the City. 


“In an effort to encourage members of the community who may have information regarding this homicide case, I am requesting that the City Council on Tuesday authorize a reward up to $50,000 to any individual that provides information that leads to the apprehension and conviction of the person(s) involved. This will be the largest reward to be offered by the City of Inglewood.  I am hopeful that offering a monetary reward of this amount will encourage individuals who may have information to come forward.”


No further information on the Police Department’s investigation were immediately available.


Anyone with information was asked to contact the Police Department at 310-412-5246 or the 24-hour anonymous hotline number at 888-41-CRIME (888-412-7463). 



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