The left-wing Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls the abduction and murder of a beautiful young college student a “botched robbery attempt.” This is an insult to the victim. This was a murder motivated by hatred and a desire to kill. If the races had been reversed, the same newspaper would be screaming “racially motivated hate crime murder.”
The parents of a slain Auburn University student from Cobb County have filed an official claim against the school stating their belief that their daughter might still be alive if Auburn had a campus police department.Lauren Burk was kidnapped from the Auburn campus and murdered in March 2008. A jury convicted Courtney Lockhart, a dishonorably discharged solider, and a judge sentenced him to death for the crime.“It’s like it happened yesterday,” said Jim Burk, Lauren’s father. “There’s not a day that goes by that my family doesn’t have her close in our mind and heart.”“Losing a child is like carrying stones in your pocket at all times,” said Lauren’s mother, Viviane Guerschon. “You get used to the weight, but the weight is always there.”According to police, Lockhart kidnapped Burk from a parking lot outside an Auburn dorm in a botched robbery attempt. Investigators said he forced her to strip, then drove around considering what to do with her. Deciding she needed to escape, police said Burk jumped from the moving car, but as she did, Lockhart shot her through the chest. She died in the street minutes later.pPhenix City
police arrested him days later after a massive manhunt.The Burk family believes Auburn might have prevented the crime had they had a campus police department. The school ended their campus police department in the
2000s in an effort to save money and uses Auburn City police to patrol campus. They also believe Auburn failed to follow security recommendations in a federal report released before the murder happened.But under sovereign immunity laws, Auburn University cannot be the subject of a lawsuit. So the Burk family said it has filed a claim against Auburn with the state of Alabama’s Board of Adjustment. That board has the power to consider the claim and use state money to compensate those cases it feels has merit. Their claim asks for $1
million, but Jim Burk said it’s about more than money.