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Family: 'heartless person' killed woman at gas station

Posted April 10, 2008
Updated September 12, 2008

Stephanie Powell Anderson

— Family members say a manager found dead at a gas station on Trawick Road Thursday had been shot to death. Police are asking the public to come forward with information about the killing.

Relatives and police identified the victim as Stephanie Powell Anderson, 39.

Anderson’s boyfriend told WRAL he came to the store around 5 a.m. and found her slumped behind the counter. She had been shot, he said.

Authorities said someone inside the store pushed the “hold-up” alarm at 5:01 a.m., which alerted police. Officers arrived at 5:07 a.m., and Anderson was taken to WakeMed, where she was pronounced dead.  

Police said they were investigating her death as a homicide and were reviewing surveillance video. They declined to say how and when Anderson was killed.

Anderson's boyfriend said she opened the store each day at 4:30 a.m., and he typically stopped by each morning on his way to work.

Anderson's family prayed outside the store while while police searched for evidence.

Relatives described Anderson as a hard-working mother of three and the oldest of six siblings. She had just bought a new house close to work, her sister, Lachanda Powell, said.

"We're taking it hard, you know, because we didn't expect our oldest sister, my mom's oldest to get buried before her," Powell said. "We just lost our dad ... We're trying to keep it together for these kids. ... But it's hard for them to know how their mom passed away."

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department’s Detective Division at 919-890-3555 or Crime Stoppers at 919-226-CRIME.

Police said they were especially interested to hear from people who were in the area near the store between 4:30 and 5:15 a.m. who might have seen individuals, vehicles or suspicious activity.

"Whoever knows, they need to come forward. I won't sleep until I find out who did it," Powell said. "A heartless person did it."


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  • Dr. Dataclerk Apr 17, 2008

    I sure hope the camera has a story. Sooner or later this person will be caught. My prayers or for the family and her children. May the Lord continue to be with you all.

  • VT1994Hokie Apr 11, 2008

    Old Pirate 2. Thanks for educating me. You know more than I if you have been there for 30 years. Just a comment.

  • SpunkyGrits The One and Only Apr 11, 2008

    Thoughts and prayers for family. Hope they catch this coward soon!!

  • scorekeep Apr 11, 2008

    Check the probation records!!!

  • cateye Apr 11, 2008


    Agree with 100 percent!

  • slick rick da troll whisperer Apr 11, 2008

    Look at my screenname...that says it all.

  • MEME1180 Apr 11, 2008

    I wonder why its has taking so long to composite a sketch of the perp or to show his pic from the surveilance. I take that back maybe not "so long" but I wonder why they havent released that information yet.

  • Mr. John Q Public Apr 11, 2008

    I wish there was more outrage over crime. I know that most people are frustrated, but from a political perspective, crime is a non-issue. When the media shows the positions of different candidates, crime is rarely included.

    A crime like this should be an outrage and cause direct action by elected officials. Instead this poor woman is just another statistic. It's time we cracked down on violent criminals. If it means building more prisons, so be it. As long as we have liberal judges who are more concerned about criminal rights than law-abiding citizens rights, these kinds of tragedies will continue.

  • rcrdngcountry Apr 11, 2008

    the death penalty carried out the way it should, will end a
    a large amount of such heartless killins. these people think
    nothing of killing, but don"t want to die them selves. we need
    the death penalty to show such people that if they kill people
    in such a no caring way, their life will also be ended. people
    working hard to look after thier fanily, are killed by such
    no caring heartless people, has got to stop. take a life with out any REASON, need to pay with theirs.

  • Weetie Apr 11, 2008

    This is so sad. My prayers and thoughts are certainly with this family.