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Investigation Continues Into May, 2021 Murder In Hickory

The investigation is continuing into the incident that resulted in the death of India Kynar “Semaj” Rice on May 12, 2021. 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.

In the months following the shooting, billboards were placed in three locations around Hickory asking for the public’s help in solving the case. The victim’s mother, Lanora Evans, took out some of her own money to pay for the billboards along Highland Avenue NE, U.S. 70 East, and U.S. 321.

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.