Fayetteville, N.C. — A Virginia man said Friday that he almost died two years ago after receiving silicone injections from a North Carolina woman who was charged this week in connection with the death of a Fayetteville teen.
Kavonceya Iman Cornelius, 42, of Salisbury, is charged with second-degree murder in the Jan. 12 death of Symone Marie Jones.
The 19-year-old, who was transitioning from male to female, met with Cornelius in Salisbury to receive non-medical-grade silicone injections in her buttocks, according to police. The teen later posted on Facebook that she had shortness of breath after the injections, and police said she died from the procedure after returning home.
A 38-year-old Richmond, Va., man told WRAL News that he spent 15 days on life support after receiving a silicone injection from Cornelius in 2015, and he now plans to report his case to police in Fayetteville and Salisbury.
The man, who asked to be identified only as Jermaine, said he heard about Cornelius from friends on Facebook and said she had good reviews. So, he went to Salisbury for one silicone injection in his buttocks, and he met her two other times at a hotel in Fayetteville.
“She said she worked for a plastic surgeon’s office, and the plastic surgeon gives her the silicone before it expires because he can’t use it,” Jermaine said.