Suspect in Holland double homicide dead

Posted at 1:38 PM, Dec 08, 2015

OLIVE TOWNSHIP, Mich.  -- Bountavee Nerasin, the 51-year-old suspect in a double homicide in Holland, died after shooting himself Tuesday, according to Holland Police.

Nerasin, of Zeeland, was suspected of shooting and killing Mani Khounvongsa and Gilberto Andrade-Pena 300 block Stratford Way in Holland Monday night.

Police responded to the Lao Buddhist Temple at 112th Avenue and Van Buren Street Tuesday afternoon after Nerasin's vehicle was spotted in the area.   Nerasin was found in the car with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, according to police.

Emergency responders attempted to resuscitate him but he died at the scene, police said during a press conference.

People at the temple tell FOX 17 that Nerasin was in his car all night in the temple parking lot. They talked to him and did not know about the shooting. Some members offered to make him lunch this afternoon and after leaving to get milk, they came back to find police surrounding the Nerasin's vehicle.  Nerasin was a member at the temple.

Federal court documents show that Nerasin was indicted in a drug trafficking case in 2008 as part of an organization called the Phaouthoum DTO. The network was based in Sacramento, California and distributed drugs to Wisconsin, Michigan and other states.  Nerasin spent two years in federal prison for the crimes.

Ottawa County investigators say that they don't believe that the two killings Monday in Holland were not connected to the earlier drug case.