Oakland Man Charged in murder of Emeryville resident Trevor Holminski

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A bizarre and tragic news story being reported has an Emeryville resident dead at the age of 20. The burned body of Ex’pression college music student Trevor Holminski was found by firefighters responding to a report of a forest fire at Bucks Lake in Plumas County. Holminski’s burned and stabbed remains were found near the Mill Creek Campground as Firefighters contained the blaze that consumed about one-tenth of an acre. Holminski’s Facebook page identifies himself as being originally being from Antioch.

Mill Creek Campground (Source: QuicyCalifornia).

Sheldon Steward, 23, of Oakland has been charged with his murder and arson and is being held on $1 million bail. Steward was found near the blaze suffering from stab wounds and was flown to Enloe Medical Center in Chico for treatment and later arrested. Investigators have not elaborated on what led Steward to allegedly kill Holminski. Steward is due back in court today at 11 a.m. in Quincy, CA.

This is the second tragedy to plague Ex’pression college as recent graduate Emilio Nevarez was killed by a stray bullet in Oakland back in April.

Police identify Emeryville man as Plumas County homicide victim

By Katrina Cameron

BUCKS LAKE — An Oakland man faces murder and arson charges after an Emeryville man’s remains were found in a fire Saturday at Plumas National Forest, police said.

Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood identified the man who was found dead at the scene of the campground fire Saturday as Trevor Holminski, 20, of Emeryville.

Holminski was a musician who attended Ex’pression College in Emeryville, according to the school’s website. He was an Antioch native, according to his Facebook page.


Firefighters found Holminski’s badly burned and stabbed body as they extinguished the blaze, which grew to about one-tenth of an acre, Hagwood said. The cause of the Emeryville man’s death was undetermined as of Wednesday afternoon.

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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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