Man Gets 23 Years For Shooting A Man Over A Hair Weave Argument

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Sometimes when you see some news reports you have to wonder if its real, can a person really lose their life over some crazy mess? The answer is yes, and it is really sad. In a report from the New York Daily News Shawn Williams lost his life at 27 over an argument about a hair weave.

He was shot and killed by 21 year old Denzel Holder who came to the defense of his girlfriend who was having a heated argument with another woman about hair weaves.

The shooting happened back in 2011 in Brooklyn, but what brought it to light was the manslaughter charge Holder was given for the incident. What happened was, the victim’s girlfriend took offense to an opinion that hair extensions are inappropriate. According to the report, bottles and punches were thrown as the argument escalated, and one of the women called her boyfriend Holder.

Holder and Williams (the victim) got into it and Holder shot Williams three times killing him. Supreme Court Justice Alan Marrus described the case saying:

“It started with a group of women who had a foolish argument over a hair weave. What a senseless tragedy.”

We agree! Whats weird is that even though this was clearly murder, with witnesses the Jury found Holder guilty of just manslaughter which would mean he could get off in five years. The judge decided to give Holder the maximum penalty of 23 years and he could get off in 17 years if he was a good boy.

When addressing the Williams family Holder said


 “I can’t imagine how you feel. I’d like to express my sincere apologies for your loss.”

The Williams parents are quite understandably very upset with the verdict because they have lost their son and his assailant has the opportunity to serve his time and live a long healthy life. Dad said:

He still got a chance to live. He has a chance to have a life after (prison). It’s not fair.”

This is a perfect example of something so trivial escalating into a sad scenario. Someone losing their life over this is just plain sad.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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Comments

  1. Coco Washington
    Coco Washington

    A shame and senseless. Now people are so quick and hot-headed they don’t think and ruin the rest of their lives. Now this man is in jail, someone dead and now his girl is doing who knows what. Walking away doesn’t always make someone weak.

  2. Alisa Stevenson
    Alisa Stevenson

    People need to wake up and use their brains, those who have one. If you commit a crime, they’ll be GLAD, to put you in a CAGE.

  3. Myrtle Githinji
    Myrtle Githinji

    Has life become so cheap that people are killing each other for products they didn’t grow themselves. Wake up it’s only HAIR!!!!!!

  4. Karma Amanfi
    Karma Amanfi

    Mariam Awalé and then we wonder why people see coloured people as ghetto animals who kill each other. Kmft

  5. lilly

    Reminds me of the stupid arguments I read on hair sites regarding being natural versus perms/relaxers/weaves/wigs and on and on. Why are people so schocked? Really!

  6. Doesn't matter

    People have to have an open mind. Some people wear weaves, fake hair or wigs because they have to. Rather a medical condition, cancer, alopecia. ..whatever the case, throwing in their face that wearing fake hair is bad and not fully knowing why they have it in the first place can really hurt someone’s feelings to their core. They truly may wish they could….but cant. Tragedy someone lost their life.

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