SC man arrested after reportedly caught moving former class mate’s body

David Antonio Kucinski

LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. (WBTV) – The man reportedly seen moving the body of a 20-year-old Fort Mill man, who was later found in a wooded area, was taken into custody Thursday.

David Antonio Kucinski, 20, was arrested around 6 p.m. at a Charlotte motel. He will be charged with murder in the death of Randy Tran.

Randy Tran (Photo courtesy family)
Randy Tran (Photo courtesy family)

Tran’s body was found on Little River Road near Indian Land, according to Lancaster Deputy Coroner Tony Broome. Lancaster County deputies said Tran was killed Tuesday night. Kucinski was wanted in his death.

Deputies were called to the area just before 7 p.m. According to reports, witnesses saw Kucinski outside an orange car in the road at the top of a driveway moving an unconscious man from the trunk of the car. They also said the victim appeared to have blood on his face and the man had blood on his clothes and arms. They called 911 and deputies reportedly found Tran a few yards away from the road.

The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office said Tran’s cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head. Investigators said they are working to determine if Tran was shot at that location or somewhere else.

“He’s liked by all his family, all his friends,” said one of Tran’s family members during an interview with WBTV on Wednesday.

According to Tran’s family, he had called to say he would be home late Tuesday night, but never made it.

“His mom had dinner for him, because he said he was coming back late from work, so she had dinner ready out for him to go,” the relative said.

Tran’s family said he and Kucinski knew each other when they were at Nations Ford High School in Fort Mill.

WBTV also talked to a man named Chris Loftis, who said he’d met Kucinski before, and saw him with the body Tuesday.

“As soon as he sees us, he kind of dragged the body behind the orange car and then we see the feet still dangling there and he drops him,” Loftis said.

Law enforcement confirmed more than one person reported seeing and having a conversation with Kucinski at the scene about what he was doing there.

Neighbors called 911, but Kucinski was gone a short time later.

Deputies believed the orange car was a 2015 Toyota Scion registered to Tran’s father. They said the car was found abandoned in the Charlotte area on Wednesday.

Tran’s family said Tuesday they were devastated, and urged anyone with information to come forward.

“All of our family is here, you know we’re just trying to get through tough times,” Tran’s family member continued. “Please turn it in, and we’re going to try to get this guy prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Kucinski is being held at the Mecklenburg County Jail, awaiting extradition back to Lancaster County.

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