Arrest made in slaying of Lily Burk
Burk's body was found about 6 a.m. Saturday in the passenger seat of her black Volvo on the fringe of downtown Los Angeles near Alameda and 5th streets. The car was parked in a lot surrounded by warehouses and lofts. Investigators said it appeared she had died from blunt force trauma and there were signs of a struggle inside the car.
Burk was set to star in her high school's production of David Mamet's "The Boston Marriage" and planned to volunteer helping the homeless this summer.
Her parents said she left Friday afternoon to pick up exams for her mother, an attorney and an adjunct professor at Southwestern University School of Law on Wilshire Boulevard. She picked up the papers, but more than an hour later, she made separate calls to each of her parents asking about her credit card.
Her father said she seemed in a rush but not frightened, and she indicated that she needed money to buy shoes. Both parents said they told their daughter to come home.
They grew worried when she didn't come back by 5 p.m.
"Lily was looking forward to going to college, to being a writer, to what was ahead," her parents said in the statement. "She had a really bright future, and it was cut short. If there is anything that people can take away from this horrible tragedy, it's that life is fragile and that they should live every minute of it fully."
-- Ari B. Bloomekatz
Photo: Lily Burk. Credit: Family photo
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