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Raleigh convenience store manager laid to rest

Posted April 14, 2008
Updated September 12, 2008

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— A Raleigh convenience store manager who was shot to death last week was laid to rest Monday in Roxboro at Blue Wing Baptist Church, where she was a member.

Family members say Stephanie Powell Anderson, was opening the Trade Wilco convenience store on Trawick Road Thursday at about 4:30 a.m. Thirty minutes later, her boyfriend found her dead behind the counter. She had been shot.

Sources tell WRAL it might have been a botched robbery, but police have declined to provide further details about the investigation and did not expect to release any new information Monday.

Last week and over the weekend, investigators set up traffic checkpoints near the store in an effort to generate leads.

"The investigation is making progress," Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said. "Right now, what we need more than anything else is assistance from the public.

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

Authorities are also working to determine if Anderson's death is connected to any other unsolved robberies in the area.

More than 170 robberies were reported in the first two months of this year – a 50 percent increase from the same time last year.


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  • Alicat Apr 14, 2008

    Please let them find this animal who took this life so young. This is so tragic and senseless. I pray for the family and friends left to mourn her and miss her everyday. May she find peace.

  • Granny Apr 14, 2008

    Such a sweet looking lady and now her poor children have not Mother....how can someone be so mean??? I cannot imagine having a heart so hard that I could just kill another human being. That lady was a precious child of God and she did not deserve to die like that or at this time.

  • whatelseisnew Apr 14, 2008

    I don't know this lady. But in looking at that single small photo, she has a beautiful smile and I think a great joy of life. My condolences and prayers to her family. I hope soon they will find the person or persons responsible, and bring them to justice.

  • LMRA Apr 14, 2008

    What I don't understand is WHY do they have to kill the person they rob? Just take what you went for and go! Besides there are cameras all over the place so even if the person is dead, hopefully they will be caught.

    I guess I want to know what is so important that a. you have to rob someplace to get what you want and b. how someone can be so ruthless.

    Maybe it's a good thing I don't get it . . .

  • kimber Apr 14, 2008

    Praying for the victims family. It is so sad that her children lost their mother in such a violent manner. I will never understand how someone can do something like this to another human being. Just pure evil and mean. I hope they catch who did this so her family will have at least some peace in that.

  • Concerned Apr 14, 2008

    Such a wonderful woman and a life cut short; God Bless her and her family. Senseless!

  • Autumn Apr 14, 2008


    I couldn't have said it better myself. My heart grieves for this lady and for her family she left behind.

    As a sidenote, I find it interesting that your comment made it onto WRAL's website. I triec to comment on this same story last week, just after the crime happened, and they blocked my post, b/c I used the same word you did: "thugs." They said it could be considered offensive. Unreal!! They are worried about us calling a spade a spade, when "thug" is being nice to describe the despicable person/people who commited this heinous act.

  • domotamasi Apr 14, 2008

    ....and I thought being a cop was a dangerous profession! At least cops have the means to protect themselves if need be. This is senseless, has been an all too frequent theme in the paper and news of late, and begs for something to be done soon. Perhaps, we should begin the rehabilation process before these thugs commit the crime instead of waiting until they enter the prison system. Nero is fiddling while Rome is burning.

  • uncgchipper Apr 14, 2008

    One day I hope we really get tough on criminals so maybe some of them will think twice. At least when we do I will feel much safer than I do now. My prayers are with her family. I hope justice comes swift and that it is harsh.

  • pingmanreturns Apr 14, 2008

    This is so tragic. It really angers me that someone has so little regard for human life, all for money.