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Son of Baptist Convention president shot dead in SC

The parents of Brian Eliot Holmes, a 33-year-old accountant who was found shot to death on America Street early Monday, said they have no idea why he was there at that hour of the day.

The only thing they know for sure, they said, is that their son is in the arms of Jesus.

"I am at perfect peace with that," said Brian's mother, Harriet Holmes. "I may have a lot of questions, but I don't question that."

Their son was found, bloody and unresponsive, sitting in the driver's seat of his car about 3 a.m. Monday after it had hit a parked car.

He was pronounced dead at the scene from a single gunshot wound.

Police have said very little about the case. No word on a motive, or on any suspects. On Tuesday, police said there were no new developments.

Brian's father, the Rev. Sonny Holmes, is lead pastor at Northwood Baptist Church in North Charleston. He also is president of the S.C. Baptist Convention. Brian's mother works at The Citadel in the chaplain's office.

Holmes described his son as a successful businessman, who was a good student at The Citadel. "He loved his work, his wife, his parents and his family," Holmes said. Their son was a certified public accountant and has worked in the insurance industry.

Brian Holmes' wife, Katherine, lives in Columbia, they said. He had moved into their townhouse in North Charleston recently so he could explore some job opportunities in the Lowcountry, they said.

He had gone to church with his parents on Sunday. When they woke up Monday, he was gone. They thought he might have gone up to Columbia to visit his wife, they said.

Like everyone else, they wonder what might have led him to America Street at 3 a.m., but they refuse to speculate.