Suspect in Norfolk teen’s shooting death appears in court

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A teenager is in custody in Norfolk, accused of shooting and killing another teen Sunday afternoon.

Nateria Powell (Courtesy photo)

Dispatchers received the emergency call at 12:45 p.m. When police arrived in the 1300 block of Lead Street, they found 18-year-old Nateria S. Powell suffering from a gunshot wound.

Medics took Powell to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where she later died of her injuries.

Powell’s family was upset and in shock over her death as they cleaned out her apartment Monday afternoon. The 18-year-old was set to graduate from Maury High School.  Powell’s aunt, Kizzy Jones, said, “Now she’s not able to wear her gown to walk across that stage and it hurts.  You know you ask yourself, “why God why?” because she was sweet.”

Norfolk Public Schools issued a statement Monday on Powell’s death:

We are deeply saddened to learn of the fate of one of our own students in what appears to be a senseless tragedy.  Our sincerest condolences go out to the victim’s family and those in the community who are affected by this unfortunate incident. We are offering support to students and staff who have also been shaken by this news and have arranged for grief counselors at the school.  Another light has been extinguished by violence.  We trust that justice will prevail against the perpetrator of this unspeakable act.”

19-year-old Lamontraye D. McAdams was taken into custody by police shortly after the shooting and later charged with one count of second degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Powell’s family says McAdams was a friend of Powell’s — and that he was at the apartment Sunday afternoon.  Jones says Powell and McAdams got breakfast together Sunday morning.  She said, “I just don’t know what happened.  We don’t know what happened.”

“Usually when I meet their male friends, I feel a vibe,” said Jones.  “I really didn’t feel a vibe with this young man.  He was polite, he was nice,” said Jones.

Powell shared the apartment with her cousin, Randesha Powell.  Randesha was home, but in another room when the shooting happened.  She said, “Her friend ran into the room and was like “I accidentally killed Nae, y’all. I’m sorry.”

Randesha says she called 9-1-1, afraid to see what her cousin looked like.  “I didn’t go because I was so scared.  I couldn’t see her like that,” she said.  “That was my whole heart.  I feel like I just lost a whole part of me.  I just feel like I’m living for nothing.”

McAdams is being held without bond at the Norfolk City Jail.  His bond hearing is set for May 25.

Detectives encourage anyone with information about this incident to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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