Victim Talks After One Dies From Illegal Silicone Injection

SALISBURY, NC — A woman faces a murder charge after police say she injected a teenager with non-medical silicone.

Kavonceya Cornelius, also known as Kenneth Cornelius, was arrested Monday for second-degree murder of Symone Jones, 19, of Fayetteville.

“Watch out for monsters like this,” said one victim who asked to remain anonymous.

She’s listed as a victim in the search warrant.

“I know theres more victims out here,” said the woman. “She’s been doing this for years to people and moving up, moving away.”

Jones’s family says Symone Jones was once Eugene Jones. She was transitioning to a woman.

According to the warrant, the 19-year-old drove from Fayetteville to Cornelius’s home in Salisbury in January where Cornelius injected Jones with silicone.

A medical examiner says the silicone traveled to her lungs and heart.

WCCB Charlotte spoke to a Charlotte plastic surgeon who is not involved in this case.

“If someone were to have a filler injected in an artery or a vein in the face, then this could clog up the vascular system, and skin can die,” said Dr. Kevin L. Smith with Charlotte Plastic Surgery. “You could go blind. So, it’s very important that somebody, whoever is doing the injection, is certainly trained.”

Cornelius’s sister had no comment Monday.

Cornelius is in jail with no bond.

The survivor says Cornelius injected her more than a dozen times in the home in Salisbury and various motel rooms. She paid as much as $1,200 each visit.

“The first 14, 15 times everything was pretty good. I didn’t have any issues, but the last time is when everything happened for me,” said the victim.

She was hospitalized for breathing trouble. She says she still has silicone in her lungs.

“She’s a monster mentally and physically,” said the victim.

Cornelius’s next court date is March 22.