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Shana Lynne Hollins, 39, was killed in her St. Paul home on or about July 23, 2018, by her boyfriend, Ivan Walker, 33. Walker, who is a resident of Illinois, had been dating Shana since November last year, and stayed at her home in St. Paul several nights each week. In the early morning hours of July 23, Walker violently sexually assaulted Shana’s minor cousin at the St. Paul residence, and threatened to kill her before admitting he had already killed Shana. After Walker sexually assaulted the girl again, she found Shana’s unresponsive body on a bed. Walker then snorted cocaine, and put it and a straw next to
Shana’s body to make the death look like an overdose. Shana’s cousin was able to convince Walker to leave after he assaulted her one more time, and the police were then called. He was arrested not long after this. The girl was taken to the hospital and had many bruises and lacerations on her face and body. Walker has a long and violent criminal history with numerous charges in Missouri and Illinois. His ex-wife received an order for protection against him last year after he was arrested for domestic battery against her. A warrant was issued for him in Missouri last year after he failed to report to his parole officer. Walker has been charged with kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual conduct for the assaults against Shana’s cousin. The investigation into Shana’s death is still being investigated as authorities await the cause of death from the medical examiner. Shana leaves behind one adult and two minor children.
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