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Son shoots mother at Fayetteville spa

Posted January 14
Updated January 15

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— A man was taken into custody Thursday afternoon after shooting his mother at a Fayetteville spa, according to police.

Authorities said 24-year-old Kevin Tyrone Powell, Jr. of the 3800 block of Brook Green Drive, shot his mother in the face near the D’aviance Spa in the Showroom Square shopping center at 1111 Ireland Drive at about 2 p.m.

The mother was later identified as Derema Burch, 44, of the 3800 block of Brook Green Drive.

Police said Powell was taken into custody after returning to the scene while his mother, who was an employee at the spa, was getting first aid treatment. He was charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Powell was being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center under $750,000 secured bond.

Burch was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and was later airlifted to UNC Hospitals at Chapel Hill. She was listed in critical but stable condition. Nobody else was hurt.

Powell was a former standout basketball player at Seventy-First High School in Fayetteville.

Although investigators believe the shooting was an isolated incident, several merchants in the area said they aren't taking any chances and are talking about beefing up security in the strip mall.


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  • Mark Colyer Jan 15, 2016
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    ...no bashing required, the Prez can make himself look bad all on his own. Drone

  • Rob Creekmore Jan 15, 2016
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    "Who shoots his own mother?" He's more than likely very mentally ill.

  • Steve Clark Jan 15, 2016
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    What an awful tragedy. Who shoots their own mom?! With all the focus in the News on guns, I admit, I'm more than a little curious if it was "his" gun, if it was bought legally, or stolen (or even if it was his mom's), etc. Kind of odd that they haven't mentioned that.

  • ecp1951 Jan 14, 2016

    apparently he didn't get the memo from obama! another law is needed!

  • David Bartholomew Jan 14, 2016
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    Not my idea of a good spa treatment

  • Barbara Sossomon Jan 14, 2016
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    WOW! He must have truly hated her. There are a lot of adult children who have no concern or respect for their parents.

  • Walter Henderson Jan 14, 2016
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    What kind of individual would shoot his own mother!