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Lily Burk died of slash to the neck, coroner says

July 31, 2009 |  6:41 am

Lily Burk, the 17-year-old student who was abducted and killed last week, died from a slash wound to her neck, an L.A. County coroner’s official said.

Burk suffered a traumatic injury July 24 in the form of an “incised wound to her neck,” said Ed Winter, assistant chief of the L.A. County Coroner’s Office. 


Charles Samuel, 50, was charged Tuesday with the Oakwood student’s murder, kidnapping and robbery. Burk never returned to her family’s Los Feliz home last Friday after running an errand for her mother at Southwestern Law School in the city’s Mid-Wilshire area. Police say Samuel kidnapped her on the street near the law school and drove her in her car to downtown, where he tried to get her to withdraw money from ATMs.

 She made two calls to her parents asking how to use a credit card to withdraw cash at an ATM. 

Samuel was arrested several blocks away for possession of a crack pipe and drinking beer in public. On him, Samuel had Burk’s cellphone and a Volvo key and was wearing bloody clothes, according to authorities. About 7 p.m., Burk's parents contacted police to report her missing. Saturday at dawn, her lifeless body was discovered in the passenger seat of her Volvo. 

-- Richard Winton
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