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Friends: Victims, Holland homicide suspect involved in 'love triangle'

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Friends and family say the suspect in Monday night's double murder-suicide in Holland knew both his victims. Some are calling it a "love triangle."

It started at an apartment complex in the 300 block of Stratford Way. Mani Khounvongsa, 37, was with her boyfriend, 40-year-old Gilberto Andrade-Pena.

Bountavee Nerasin, 51, came to their apartment. Friends say he's Khounvongsa's ex-boyfriend, and suspect he's the father of her 7-year-old daughter.

"The female is the mother of three, the 7-year old was not at the residence at the time," said Capt. Jack Dykstra with the Holland Police Department.

According to neighbors, the little girl had gone to her Christmas program at school. Sarah Shield's daughter, Harmony, had just been playing with the girl before they left.

"Me and my other neighbors were at the Christmas play," Sheild said. "We were up there when it happened."

Nerasin, who friends called "Vee," came to the apartment with a gun. Holland police said he shot both Khounvongsa and Andrade-Pena. Later in the day, Nerasin committed suicide.

"We're not releasing the motive," Dykstra said. "We do know the suspect targeted the two individuals and knew them."

Investigators say Nerasin had a criminal conviction in another state, but there was no indication of a violent past. According to court records, Nerasin served prison time in 2008 on a drug related charge. Friends say he was still seeing Khounvongsa, who was caring for their daughter.

"They did everything together," Harmony Shield said. "I was sad because the girl doesn't have her mom."

The daughter is now staying with relatives. In the meantime, they are all waiting to find out more about why it happened.

Friends believe Nerasin was jealous of the relationship Khounvongsa had with her new boyfriend.