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Homicide Cases From Last Two Years Remain Under Investigation
L-R: India Kynar Rice, Xzavion Rashawn Watts, Damarion Isaiah Sharpe
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Homicide Cases From Last Two Years Remain Under Investigation

Two murder cases, one from earlier this year and one from 2020, remain under investigation in Hickory.

The investigation is continuing into the incident that resulted in the death of India Kynar “Semaj” Rice on May 12. Just before 11 p.m. on that date, Hickory Police Officers responded to an address on 17th Street NW after receiving a 911 call that a woman had been shot at the residence. When they arrived at the scene, officers found India Kynar Rice inside the residence with a single gunshot wound. Catawba County EMS arrived and pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.

Authorities say the investigation revealed that Rice and several other individuals were inside the residence when multiple rounds were fired into the home. The shots were fired by an unknown person or people from a passenger vehicle that was traveling on 17th Street NW. No suspect information was available. Anyone with information regarding this fatal shooting is encouraged to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator Rogers directly at 828-261-2623 or mrogers@hickorync.gov.

Hickory Police are also continuing to investigate a May 10, 2020, double murder. At approximately 10:40 p.m. on that date, Hickory Police Officers responded to the Save More Convenience Store at 1665 1st Avenue SW, after receiving a 911 call from a bystander who said that two men had been shot.

The caller told police that a black male with a handgun, wearing a gray hooded jacket and black pants, walked up and fired several shots into a vehicle where the two men were sitting. The suspect then fled on foot running south toward 2nd Avenue SW.

Upon arrival, officers found 20-year-old Xzavion Rashawn Watts and 16-year-old Damarion Isaiah Sharpe in the rear seat of a silver 2008 Chevrolet Malibu with gunshot wounds. Catawba County EMS responded and pronounced Sharpe dead at the scene and Watts was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment where he died as a result of his injuries.

It appears that the suspect was familiar with the victims and targeted them. Anyone with information regarding this on-going investigation is encouraged to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator Carlos De Los Santos at (828) 261-2621 or cdelossantos@hickorync.gov. Rewards were being offered in both of these murder cases.