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Police continue search for killer of 17-year-old Lily Burk as family and friends mourn

July 26, 2009 |  3:15 pm

As police continued their search today for a suspect in the slaying of 17-year-old Lily Burk, her parents released a statement describing how she touched their lives.

"The thing we want people to know about Lily is that she was a beautiful person and that she was looking forward to her life. She was funny, warm, kind and empathetic. She was deeply and widely loved,” read the statement from Deborah Drooz and Greg Burk, a Times freelancer who writes about pop music. Lily would have begun her senior year at Oakwood School in North Hollywood in the fall.

Her body was found at about 6 a.m. Saturday in her black Volvo on the fringe of downtown Los Angeles near the intersection of Alameda and 5th streets.

Police said Burk left her Los Feliz home at about 2 p.m. Friday and later made at least two calls to her parents asking how to get cash from an ATM machine using her credit card. Investigators said that it appears she died from blunt force trauma. Her death is being investigated as a homicide.

Over the weekend, Lily’s classmates and family friends gathered at a Los Angeles home to mourn her death and remember her life. They would not comment publicly other than to characterize the Oakwood school community as close knit and supportive.

“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.”

-- Corina Knoll and Ari B. Bloomekatz