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Police: Ex-corrections employee fatally shot boyfriend in Miami Gardens

Former federal corrections employee Atoya Holmes, 48, is behind bars in the killing of Verdell Goins, 52.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – A woman who used to be a federal corrections employee is accused of fatally shooting her boyfriend Sunday night after he tried ending their relationship, authorities said.

The shooting occurred at the intersection of Northwest 197th Lane and Northwest 29th Court.

According to the suspect’s arrest report, Atoya Holmes, 48, of Miami, and the victim, Verdell Goins, 52, went to a friend’s house after attending the Miami Dolphins game at Hard Rock Stadium.

Police said Holmes claimed that she got into a physical altercation with her boyfriend inside his Jaguar SUV and that he started hitting her.

She said she told Goins to stop hitting her, but he wouldn’t, the arrest report stated.

According to police, Holmes then shot Goins two times.

Authorities said a witness stated that Holmes was upset because the victim wanted to end their on-and-off relationship, which has been going on for several years.

Police said the gun used in the shooting was found on the roof of the SUV.

Back in 2017 when she was a federal corrections employee, Holmes was also accused of shooting her son as he tried to force his way inside her northwest Miami-Dade County home. She was not charged in that case.

Following Sunday’s shooting, Holmes was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder with a weapon. She is being held without bond.

Miami Gardens police are investigating two fatal shootings that occurred exactly two weeks apart at the same intersection.

Local 10 News has learned that Holmes is married but not to Goins.

Goins’ loved ones tell Local 10 that they are devastated about his killing.

“He was a good guy man, he was a good guy. I know that for a fact,” said his cousin Tyrone. “We played ball together from high school. I know he’s a good guy man so I’m just trying to figure out why she would do that to him. I know he isn’t a violent person.”

”I feel bad for the family because losing a loved one isn’t easy,” said Noemi Milian, who lives just a few yards from where the shooting occurred.

Just two weeks ago, there was another shooting just a few blocks away.

One man was killed and another was critically injured.

Police didn’t release any information on what led to that shooting.

Police have also not released the identity of the victims in that case.

Anyone with further information about either shooting is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that both shootings occurred at the same intersection.


About the Authors:

Amanda Batchelor is the managing editor for Local10.com.

Ian Margol joined the Local 10 News team in July 2016 as a general assignment reporter. Born in Miami Beach and raised in Broward County, Ian is thrilled to be back home in South Florida.