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The Shallotte Police Department charged Michael Todd Hill, 52, of Leland, with murder after the body of 23-year-old Keonna Graham was found Monday in a hotel room in the Brunswick County town, the AP reports.
Authorities did not immediately release additional details about the woman’s slaying. Graham worked as a correctional officer at a prison in Burgaw, NC, according to a cousin, Antionette Lee. Before that, Graham had a job working with mentally disabled people at a rehabilitation center, Lee said.
“She did all of this like it was second nature to her,” said Lee, who described her cousin as a generous, loving, and adventurous woman who enjoyed hiking and bicycle rides. Graham is survived by her mother, Latrinda Graham, and a 10-year-old sister, Zoey.
Lee said Graham and her younger sister had an “unbreakable bond.” “We are hurting. We are in pain,” Lee said. “Our family is devastated.” Hill won $10 million from an Ultimate Millions scratch-off ticket in August 2017, WECT-TV reports.
Hill was arrested Tuesday in Southport, NC. He was ordered held without bond at a Brunswick County jail after his initial court appearance.