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Family seeks answers after cyclist killed in Kenly hit-and-run

Posted April 19

— Five days after a Johnston County bicyclist was killed in a hit-and-run, his family is still searching for answers.

Genaro Muniz-Padilla, 18, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 42-year-old Jamica Williams last Friday.

Kenly police said the two men got into an altercation at a corner store along West 2nd Street, and Muniz-Padilla purposely ran over Williams, who was on his bike, near the intersection of West 2nd Street and Maple Avenue.

"I can't imagine someone getting that mad. What were the circumstances for all this to happen?" Williams' uncle, Terry Williams, said Wednesday.

Police said they are trying to figure that out as well, noting that Muniz-Padilla's account of the incident keeps changing and there were no other witnesses.

Jamica Williams, a father of three, had recently moved back to Kenly and started a new job, said his uncle.

"(He was a) people person, always joking, full of joy, laughter," Terry Williams said, noting that his nephew was more like a son to him.

"Things like that don't happen in Kenly, especially [to] one of your family members," he said. "Just a lot of stuff that's unanswered."

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