An 18 year old from Rockingham has been arrested for first-degree murder by the Southern Pines Police Department.

Brian Lovon Little, from a Robin Covington Road address in Rockingham was charged early Friday morning for the double homicide of Aiyonna Clarice Barrett, 18, of Sanford, and her full-term unborn child, according to Southern Pines Police Department. It is reported that Little is the father of the unborn child.

Barrett was found deceased with a gunshot wound in the head in a vehicle Sunday evening located on a dirt road off of South Gaines Street in Southern Pines.

Chief Bob Temme offered the following comments following the arrest of Brian Lovon Little:

“The immediate aftermath of a homicide is a time of confusion and intense emotion for everyone involved. I have the privilege of working with and supervising arguably, the best detectives, patrol officers, and dispatchers in the country who all were able to displace their emotions in the pursuit of justice for Aiyonna and her unborn child. We all grieve for the family and friends of Aiyonna and while we, at the Southern Pines Police Department, cannot return to this earth Aiyonna and her child, we can ensure that justice is served, and today, I believe we have done just that.”

Little is being held without bond and has an April 24th court date.  The investigation is ongoing.

Aiyonna Clarice Barrett







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