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LAPD's timeline of events leading up to Lily Burk's slaying

July 27, 2009 | 12:36 pm

The Los Angeles Police Department has offered the following timeline of the events leading up to the death of 17-year-old Lily Burk, whose body was found in her car Saturday morning in downtown Los Angeles.

LAPD detectives have arrested a 50-year-old transient, Charlie Samuel, in connection with the slaying. Here is the timeline:

2:30 p.m. Friday: Burk leaves her home in Los Feliz to pick up some exams at Southwestern University School of Law in the Mid-Wilshire area. She was collecting the exams for her mother, an entertainment lawyer who also taught at the school.

3 p.m: Samuel approaches Burk at her car, which was parked near the law school at Wilshire Place, north of 7th Street. Samuel then allegedly abducts Burk.

3:35 p.m.: Samuel attempts to withdraw money from at least one location in downtown Los Angeles with Burk’s credit card. But the girl’s credit card was not set up to be used at an ATM.

3:35 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Burk calls both her mother and father, asking how to withdraw money using her credit card. She does not say she is in distress.

4:52 p.m.: Samuel exits the driver’s side door of Burk’s Volvo at 458 S. Alameda St. in downtown Los Angeles.

5:25 p.m.: LAPD officers see Samuel on 3rd Street drinking beer and in possession of a crack pipe. He is arrested shortly thereafter. Burk’s parents report her missing. A missing persons report is filed and detectives begin searching for her.

6:15 a.m. Saturday: Workers find Burk’s “lifeless body” inside her car at 458 S. Alameda St. They call 911 and police arrive.

Sunday morning: Police say they match fingerprints inside Burk's car to Samuel's.

Sunday evening: Samuel is arrested in connection with Burk's slaying.

-- Shelby Grad

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