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Few details released following fatal stabbing at Durham home

Posted November 9, 2013

— Relatives and neighbors of a woman found dead Friday evening in a south Durham home were searching for answers from police on Saturday about what led to the fatal stabbing and who may be responsible.

Officers responding to a home in the 2900 block of Cedarwood Drive at about 6:15 p.m. on Friday found a woman dead inside.

Durham police have not released the woman's name.

According to Tearney Canady, that woman was her stepmother, Maxine Burns. Canady said she found out about the incident early Saturday when she came to the Cedarwood Drive home.

“I’m just hoping to find out what happened really, just like everyone else,” Canady said.

Canady said Maxine Burns and her father, Tim Burns, had been married for about 20 years. Neighbors told WRAL Friday night that an adult couple lived inside the home.

“She was a great person, and she always looked out for my well being,” Canady said of Maxine Burns. “She always treated me like one of hers.”

Canady said her father, a retired Durham police officer, was taken to the hospital Friday night. It wasn’t clear how he was injured or the extent of those injuries.

“I’m in shock right now because I don’t know what to feel,” she said. “It happened all of a sudden, so I can’t tell you anything. I’m just in shock.”

Durham police have released no details about the stabbing, and a spokeswoman on Saturday wouldn’t confirm whether anyone else was injured inside the home.

It's emotional. We pray for the family, first and foremost," neighbor Terri Rowland said Friday. "We don't know what's going on, but just the sight of police cars and an ambulance, it's very emotional."

Anyone with information about the incident should call Durham police at 919-56-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

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