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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone arrested for man’s 1995 shooting death at Florin-area home?

Q: A friend, John Holmes, was killed in his home on Walnut Ridge Way on Oct. 31, 1995. Was anyone ever charged with this crime?

Marlene, Sacramento

A: John Holmes, 57, was found dead in his Florin-area home on Halloween in 1995 and no arrests have been reported in his death, initially thought to have been due to natural causes.

Authorities said it appeared Holmes, a retired city parks worker, had been dead at least three days before he was found. An autopsy revealed that he died of two gunshot wounds to the head.

Detectives said at the time that they believed Holmes was killed by someone he knew because there were no signs of forced entry or a struggle in his home on Walnut Ridge Way, according to stories in The Sacramento Bee. Family members described him as an extremely caring person and a “giver,” which may have made him vulnerable to someone with ill intent.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy