Fatal silicone implant victim's family speaks
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The family of a woman who allegedly died as a result of lethal buttocks-enhancing injections is speaking out about their loved one's death.
Oneal Morris, 32, is behind bars and accused of posing as a plastic surgeon and injecting several toxic substances into her victims' bodies.
Police said Morris, a transgender woman, injected cement, Fix-a-Flat and tire sealant into the hips, thighs and breasts of one of her victims, Shatarka Nuby.
The toxic injections occurred on more than 10 occasions, police said.
Nuby died in March. Police said her death resulted from silicone injections. Dani Moschella of the Broward Sheriff's Office said, "She complained that the injection sites, which [Morris] sealed with cotton balls and super glue were becoming infected, that they were hard and hot."
According to Nuby's family, the 31-year-old mother was in a lot of pain. They said they knew something was wrong when Nuby's backside began to get lumpy and hard. Nuby's cousin, Philip Seymour, said, "It was getting hard, and you could start seeing when she had on shorts the black [area] on her leg was going down. It was like the black [area] was getting darker and darker, and she was really light-skinned, so it was very noticeable."
In a YouTube video before her untimely death, Nuby can be seen modeling several hairstyles and showing off her enhanced backside.
The victim's family said she was happiest when she looked glamorous. "She was always a fashionista, she always liked to stand out. She was a very happy person," said Seymour.
Authorities said Morris, whose street name is "Duchess," has more than one victim and has been previously charged with similar crimes across South Florida. "[Morris] is very deceiving, and it hurts me, and I hope that Duchess feels all the pain that my cousin felt," said Seymour. "I hope that she feels it slowly."
On Friday, another of Morris' victims was identified, who reportedly paid Morris $5,000 to get work done.
Morris appeared before Broward Circuit Court Judge John Hurley Friday, who said, "Your client had told people in the family of the alleged victim that 'he was obtaining the silicone from Home Depot' to inject into the alleged victim."
Morris has been charged with manslaughter. She is being held at the Broward County Jail on $150,000 bond.
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