KC JohnsonAge 27
13 Jan 2023
Wilmington, North Carolina (USA)
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KC was found dead in the Savannah River. She had been reported missing by her partner after she did not return from going out on a date.
KC Johnson, 27, was a native of Wilmington, North Carolina. She attended Abide University and was recently a manager at Domino’s Pizza in Wilmington.
She’s 5'10" and weighs about 230 pounds. Johnson has hazel eyes and dark brown, shoulder-length hair and was last seen wearing a grey shirt with gold writing, black leggings and blue slides. Somehow it feels important to describe how she chose to dress, perhaps because she is being misgendered and deadnamed both in the search when she was missing and in her death by family and friends. One positive note is that media is respecting her identity as a woman.
Her partner last saw Johnson on Friday, Jan. 13 when Johnson left their home and said she would be back in an hour.
Bulla and KC met in August and have lived together for several months. They found solace and love together as trans woman. Bulla says KC was the love of her life. “It is not fair that was taken away from me. It’s not fair that she was taken away from all her friends and family either.”
KC loved playing video games, vibing and relaxing to music ,she loved playing magic the gathering (trading card game.) Her social media is filled with mange and anime images.
KC Johnson was killed in the 1300 block of King St, Wilmington, NC on Friday, January 13, 2023. 26-year-old William Haven Hicks of South Carolina is in custody and is charged with First Degree Murder, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, and Kidnapping. Hicks is currently being held at the Myrtle Beach Police Department under no bond, according to WECT
KC’s sister Amber shared:
"I can’t sleep.. this wasn’t supposed to happen, you didn’t deserve this. You ARE and always will be a beautiful person, inside and out. You deserved nothing but good things.. you will be missed greatly by so many. I love you. Rest in paradise, KC Lee Johnson."
Police subsequently arrested William Haven Hicks, 26, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Hicks faces three counts of first degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and kidnapping, and is currently awaiting extradition to North Carolina without bond. Investigators believe Hicks met Johnson on social media not long before her murder.