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Police: Retired counselor was stabbed

Posted July 20, 2009

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— Durham police on Monday said that a well known youth counselor was stabbed to death a week ago. His son is charged with murder in the slaying.

Bill Burroughs' wife had returned from church on July 12 when she found him dead inside their home on Red Cedar Circle. Police hadn't previously released a cause of death.

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Cheo Burroughs, 35, of Buffalo, N.Y., was arrested Saturday after his father's funeral and was charged with murder in the slaying. Officers waited for the service to end before taking him into custody, said Kammie Michaels, spokeswoman for the Durham Police Department.

During a brief court hearing Monday morning, District Judge Ann McKown ordered Cheo Burroughs held without bond and appointed a public defender to represent him.

A grand jury also indicted him on the murder charge Monday, according to the Durham County District Attorney's Office.

Family members declined to comment after the hearing, calling the case a "double tragedy."

Police haven't released information on a possible motive in the stabbing.

Neighbors in the Treyburn community in Durham said they didn't know the Burroughses well but still were surprised by what investigators say happened in his home.

Bill Burroughs, 64, played basketball at St. Augustine's College in the mid-1960s. He later served as national president of the college's alumni association and as alumni representative to the college's board of trustees.

He spent his career as a youth counselor in the Northeast before retiring to Durham. He ran the campaigns of two elected officials in Durham – City Councilwoman Cora-Cole McFadden and Board of Education Chairwoman Minnie Forte-Brown.

George Williams, who attended St. Aug's with Bill Burroughs and was a long-time friend, said everyone who knew Burroughs is stunned by his death.

"I would have never thought that someone would have ruled it as a homicide because of the fact that he didn't have a mean bone in his body. He was always smiling, always a nice guy," Williams said.

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  • Tawny Jul 20, 2009

    Monkey ! I choose to respect the "utterly narrow persoective".... (:

  • brewmonkey Jul 20, 2009

    "If you choose not to believe, we'll respect that.."

    obviously not, as is apparent from your 'utterly narrow perspective' comment.

    "Here and now - God is not mocked! You should be totally ashamed of yourself and your written words........trust me, you will live to regret them.......I feel ashamed for you and know that you speak out of pure ignorance and evil intent...."

    at least csswisher makes no secret of her intolerance of anyone who doesn't feel or believe exactly the way she does...

  • jlh4jdj Jul 20, 2009

    hereandnow99--I do not attend church but, I have to say that your statement concerns me. Without faith in something bigger than the here and now your life is very without. By the way when people need caring for society (including you) turn most often to churches. Please find something other than this woman's grief to get on your soap box.

  • Tawny Jul 20, 2009

    Hereandnow! You have an utterly narrow perspective! If someone wants to pray and believes in the power of God, by all means let them pray! If you choose not to believe, we'll respect that......as well as continue to pray for your "lost soul"!

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 20, 2009

    Basically, this woman's family is dead. That's a horrible situation to be in...for anyone.

    Meanwhile, many here are gushing religous sentiment. It seems entirely appropriate to point out that her prayer and church attendance didn't help. My hope is that folks here will realize the utter waste of time and resources in her activities. And if her priorities in life were different (reality-based instead of supernatural-based), she may have even been able to communicate better with her son and husband and actually stopped this catastrophe.

  • Professor Jul 20, 2009

    Here and now - God is not mocked!

    You my friend is doing just that. Praying for you.

  • Professor Jul 20, 2009

    .......I feel ashamed for you and know that you speak out of pure ignorance and evil intent....

    Why are you so angry and bitter? Who is your comment directed to? Write happy comments so you will feel better. :)

  • csswisher Jul 20, 2009

    Here and now - God is not mocked! You should be totally ashamed of yourself and your written words........trust me, you will live to regret them.......I feel ashamed for you and know that you speak out of pure ignorance and evil intent....

  • Professor Jul 20, 2009

    Thanks!!!!!!

  • concerncitizen Jul 20, 2009

    We don't know what's gone on with these two all these years. I bet this is not the first time they have disagreed! Some of us have those family members who have time day or night to be right in the middle of other peoples problems all in the name of God, but couldn't see the fire in his own house!

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