Family, Friends of Murdered Baird Woman React to Suspect's Arrest

Published 04/23 2014 10:10PM

Updated 04/23 2014 10:37PM

Friends and family of Brenda Ruth Holland, the 51-year-old woman found dead in her Baird home last weekend, attended a visitation Wednesday night.

The visitation was held at Parker Funeral Home in Baird. The same day, they found that the man who allegedly killed her, Danny Cannon, was captured in Arkansas.

"To get the news during this visitation that he was captured is a great relief for the family," says Christoper Edwards, Holland's nephew. "It helped lighten up the mood and give us a sense of peace knowing he was captured."

According to the Baird City Marshal, local law enforcement and the Arkansas State Police captured Cannon on outstanding arrest warrants out of Callahan County for murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Autopsy results from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner show that Holland died from multiple gun shot wounds.

"Knowing the circumstances of how she died, it leaves you speechless and angry," Edwards add. "I hope he gets the justice he deserves but the ultimate fate will be left up to God."

Nevertheless, Edwards feel those who attended the visitation are looking on the brighter side by remembering fond memories they had with Holland.

"She was just a good woman," Tina Mendez, a family friend said. "Holland loved her kids, grandchildren and life."

At the same time, Mendez says she's fuming knowing how the reports of a tumultuous relationship between Holland and Cannon would result in a death.

"I'm angry," Mendez adds. "It's just surreal to think about it but I feel she can still come in the door at any minute."

Holland's daughter who was at the visitation says her family can have a little bit more of a closure and safety knowing Cannon has been captured. She also thanks everyone involved in the investigation.

Holland would've turned 52 next Monday, April 28th.

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