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Arrest made in slaying of Lily Burk

LILY2 Los Angeles police detectives have arrested a 50-year-old man in the slaying of Lily Burk, 17. 

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.

Sgt. Miguel Arana of the Los Angeles Police Department said over the weekend that Burk appeared to have head injuries after apparently striking the windshield. Authorities have been investigating the death as a homicide. Police said that after Burk left home Friday, she made at least two calls to her parents asking how to get cash from an ATM using her credit card.

Police announced the arrest of Charlie Samuel, who was booked on murder charges and is being held without bail.

A press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. today.

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

More on the Lily Burk case:

Lily Burk encountered suspect near law school, sources tell The Times

Suspect in Lily Burk's slaying has history of violent crimes, drug problems

Friends and family mourn Lily Burk

Girl, 17, found dead in downtown L.A.

Comments () | Archives (56)

Yikes!! I attended Southwestern. I urged my 21 yr old daughter to apply there. This was a crime of opportunity. Unfortunately, Ms. Burk was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I never felt threatened @ Southwestern, and my parking structure was pretty far away. Her parents are, in no way, responsible for her death. I think it is a great idea for parents to have a code for their kids to let them privately know there is a problem. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Burk family. BTW...peek means to spy...peak means a high point!

"Sheriff’s Department inmate information (www.lasd.org) shows a Charlie Samuel, 50 year old male african american was arrested at 9pm last night by LAPD Central Division, "

It would be racial profiling to mention his race.

"people in glass houses should'nt throw stones"...(and especially not in a time of such sadness)......i am sorry for thier loss....

We must stop sitting in judgment of Lily's parents, and band together to help affect change, so that this type of tragedy may never happen again. If we want to honor the life of a child who wanted to help others, raised by parents who encouraged this generousity of spirit and compassion, then this is the very least we can do. Perhaps we can give students hands-on school-assembly visits from street-smart experts who are savvy to the latest crime trends - to have them come away with an arsenal of tips designed to balance learning to survive in the streets with a true wariness and assurance based on reality. If it were done in Lily's name, all the better.

Lily was one of my closest friends and since hearing of her death I feel completely destroyed. She was an amazing. sweet girl with so much potential in her life. I love her and truly miss her. Her parents ere good to her and don't deserve the judgement that some of you are giving them.
I hope the man who did this to her gets what's coming to him.

Broad Daylight
by Darryl Price

In Memory of Lily Burke

I don't know what they want. Anything you give them will never do. Most fear pain because they cause it. Hate happens over and

over. As if they have two nostrils but no real experience of air. This is beyond sad belief. The apple hits the ground no matter how

many times you drop it. They've failed to connect this in their brains and so are heartless like zombies who want but cannot produce life. Instead

they attack a young girl on an errand for her mother and force her to die like a butterfly pinned to the dirty wheel of sensation.

And for what? To get close to the moon? To lay their heads upon the liar's tongue? Apples tremble on tiny stems. Oh Love get here first.

Darryl Price 07/29/09

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