Murder suspect extradited to New Hanover County, friends remember victim


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The man accused of killing a friend and coworker was extradited to New Hanover County from Virginia on Thursday afternoon.

Andrew Boynton, 56, is in the New Hanover County jail charged with murder and larceny of a motor vehicle.

- Advertisement -

During a news conference earlier this week, Chief Ralph Evangelous said Boynton killed Kimberly Bland and then left the state in her vehicle.

Her body was discovered inside her Mill Creek apartment after police responded to a welfare check on November 8.

Police said they identified Boynton as a suspect early on in the investigation. He was arrested in Richmond, Virginia on the same day Bland’s body was found.

Police said as well as working together, Boynton and Bland were also roommates at one point.

Bland was an active member of the Wilmington film community.

Kim Bland. (Photo: Gary Paige)

Friend Tanya Fermin first met Bland when they worked together on ‘Under the Dome.’

“If you knew her, you knew you had an instant friend,” she said.

Fermin said Bland could light up a room and went above and beyond to help others.

“If you ever felt that you couldn’t be kind, there was this person who was absolutely the kindest person that I’ve met, who had an open heart for everyone. Who had a kind word for everyone, and was able to lend a hand whenever you needed it,” Fermin said.

Fermin was shocked and heartbroken when she heard the news.

“This is a mistake,” she said. “No one is going to do something like this to her.”

Christine White also worked with Bland several times. She says Bland’s smile was one of her favorite things about her.

“She stood out among everybody,” White said. “No matter where Kim was, she lit up the entire room. Not once did I ever see her where she wasn’t beaming.”

White says Bland was truly just happy to be alive.

“Her infectious laughter and love of life,” she said. “It was like she had an aura around her that just sparkled. When she’d enter that room, there was no mistaking that Kim’s there.”

Fermin says Bland became much more than just a coworker to her.

“Whenever I said I needed something, she would see, ‘What is it that you need?'” Fermin said.

Friends will remember Bland how they know she would want.

“To celebrate her life. No doubt,” White said.

Boynton is being held without bond.

No word yet on funeral arrangements for Bland.