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UPDATED: Woodbridge shooting victim remembered as a 'man of God'

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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 5:16 pm

Prince William County’s top prosecutor said he hasn’t yet decided whether to seek the death penalty in Wednesday night’s shooting death of a retired ATF agent.

Gregory Lee Holley Sr., 55, was walking in the 3700 block of Wertz Drive off Cardinal Drive about 9:40 p.m. when he was confronted by a robber, who shot him and took property before running away, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Holley, a respected leader at New Life Anointed Ministries, Inc., a non-denominational church in Woodbridge, died at the scene. His dog ran home and was not hurt.

Witnesses gave first-arriving officers a description of the shooter. Meanwhile, off-duty Prince William police Lt. Carlos Robles was in the area and encountered the man on Cardinal Drive.

Robles detained the suspect after a brief struggle.

Perok said the man “was found to have some personal property belonging to the victim on his person at the time of the arrest.”

Aric Alexander Smith, 25, of 3755 Bogner Drive in Woodbridge, is charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony, Perok said. He was held without bond at the Prince William-Manassas regional jail.

The gun used had been stolen from a vehicle in Montclair on Feb. 15, Perok said.

In Virginia, murder in the commission of a robbery is considered a capital offense punishable by the death penalty. But Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert said his office hasn’t yet upgraded the charges.

"We'll make that determination at a later time," he said.

Thursday, those who know Holley remembered him as a man devoted to his family and to God.


Holley was retired from the military and from the ATF and for the past seven years served as the CFO of New Life Anointed Ministries International, a non-denominational worship center based in Woodbridge, said Bishop Eugene Reeves, founder of the worship center.

"Greg Holley was probably the most outstanding example of a father and a family man I've ever met," said Reeves. 

Holley is survived by his wife and four adult sons, the youngest of whom is in college, Reeves said.

Reeves said Holley will be remembered by those at New Life Anointed Ministries for his desire to help youth and for his joyful laugh.

"When he started laughing, everyone in the office would start laughing," Reeves said. "You'd be doing nothing but laughing at his laugh."

Reeves said Holley will be greatly missed by his family and the community.

"Basically, Greg Holley was a true family man. He was a man who loved life and loved people. Whether he was working for the military or the government, he left always left a mark. Greg Holley was a great man," he said.

Holley’s death is the third homicide of the year in Prince William County.

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  • John Smith posted at 1:44 pm on Tue, Feb 26, 2013.

    John Smith Posts: 144

    Which is what?

  • John Smith posted at 1:43 pm on Tue, Feb 26, 2013.

    John Smith Posts: 144

    Life taken by a criminal not a gun.

  • djjazzedeb posted at 8:19 am on Tue, Feb 26, 2013.

    djjazzedeb Posts: 3

    Sad as all get out when a man or a woman can't even take a dog for a walk. My prayers to the family!

  • therev posted at 10:40 am on Mon, Feb 25, 2013.

    therev Posts: 5

    PWC prosecutor just seek the death penalty on this one.

  • John Smith posted at 12:38 pm on Sun, Feb 24, 2013.

    John Smith Posts: 144

    Time to execute this dirtbag.

  • klow posted at 6:16 pm on Fri, Feb 22, 2013.

    klow Posts: 20

    My condolence to the family. Another innocent life taken by a gun and a criminal.

  • Yeah Right posted at 3:58 pm on Fri, Feb 22, 2013.

    Yeah Right Posts: 121

    "family is forever" stupid tattoo for someone who has no regard for taking a life that actually has a family that will love him forever.. have fun in jail rapping about nasty nate and all your commissary rations....

  • MexicanStewie posted at 10:38 pm on Thu, Feb 21, 2013.

    MexicanStewie Posts: 17

    I hope this worthless punk thug rots in hell

  • garfield1980 posted at 8:45 pm on Thu, Feb 21, 2013.

    garfield1980 Posts: 3

    Time for Paul Ebert to do what he does best.....

  • Shawna posted at 3:44 pm on Thu, Feb 21, 2013.

    Shawna Posts: 1

    This was such a senseless crime. Mr Holley was a member of my church and I'm praying for the family. May they have peace in their time of mourning.

  • jeanetta posted at 1:58 pm on Thu, Feb 21, 2013.

    jeanetta Posts: 1


  • Copperhead posted at 1:25 pm on Thu, Feb 21, 2013.

    Copperhead Posts: 101

    Eye for a eye

  • neekie0315 posted at 1:08 pm on Thu, Feb 21, 2013.

    neekie0315 Posts: 1

    Please pray for my church family and Brother Greg Holley's family, as we mourn his passing! Brother Holley was a true man of God, a faithful servant in our church & will be GREATLY MOURNED & MISSED!
    For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. (2 Corinthians 5:1).

    Let us be comforted by these words, as we extend our deepest sympathy and love to the Holley family.

    Dear Lord, please bless & comfort his wife & family! Let them know they are not alone! Father help us all to be the help & strength they need to get thru this devastating loss! In Jesus name, Amen!

  • paulregan posted at 10:42 am on Thu, Feb 21, 2013.

    paulregan Posts: 1

    Beetlejuice is not going to last very long in the VA DOC. Such a huge POS in only 25 years.... an over achiever!


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