Auburn University Homicide

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Lauren Burk, an Auburn University freshman, was fatally shot Tuesday night. Her death has been ruled a homicide. Gov. Bob Riley’s office is offering a$10,000 reward on the case. CNN reports:

AUBURN, Alabama (AP) — An Auburn University student was found fatally shot on a highway just before her car was discovered in flames on campus, several miles away.

Auburn police were investigating Tuesday’s death of Lauren Burk as a homicide but made no immediate arrests.

“As soon as we know more we might release it, but what information we have now we’re holding it close to our chest,” police Capt. Tom Stofer said.

University officials advised students in an e-mail around noon Wednesday that there was “no indication of additional danger to campus or student safety.” But the school said the police presence on campus had been increased.

Burk, an 18-year-old freshman from Marietta, Georgia, was found wounded on Alabama Highway 147 around 9 p.m. Tuesday, and Auburn police said her Honda Civic was found engulfed in flames at the campus about 20 minutes later. She died Tuesday night at a hospital.

Being an Auburn alum I was shocked and devastated to hear this news yesterday. Auburn couldn’t be a more quaint and quiet town and a tragedy like this has the entire Auburn community shaken. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends in Marietta and Auburn during this heartbreaking time. War Eagle Lauren, RIP, your Auburn family will forever keep you in our hearts.

* Update: Eve Marie Carson, a senior at UNC Chapel Hill, was found dead yesterday morning. She suffered multiple gunshot wounds and her car is reported missing.

There are rumors that the two deaths are linked.

Everyone please pray for the families of these two girls.

Ledger’s Death Determined Accident

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It’s been two weeks since the untimely passing of Oscar nominated actor, Heath Ledger, who was found dead in his SoHo apartment on January 22.

After the autopsy was deemed inconclusive, family, friends and fans of Ledger have been awaiting the results of a toxicology examination.

New York City’s medical examiner determined today that Ledger’s death was due to an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.

CNN reports:

“Mr. Heath Ledger died as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine,” the office said in a short statement.

“We have concluded that the manner of death is accident, resulting from the abuse of prescription medications.”

My heart goes out to his family, especially Michelle and Matilda, during this heartbreaking time. He is dearly missed.

UPDATE:

Heath’s father, Kim Ledger has just released this statement upon receiving the news of the cause of his son’s death.

People reports:

Few can understand the hollow, wrenching, and enduring agony parents silently suffer when a child predeceases them. Today’s results put an end to speculation, but our son’s beautiful spirit and enduring memory will forever remain in our hearts.

While no medications were taken in excess, we learned today the combination of doctor-prescribed drugs proved lethal for our boy. Heath’s accidental death serves as a caution to the hidden dangers of combining prescription medication, even at low dosage.

To read the rest of Kim’s statement click here. As a forewarning, keep a box of tissues nearby.

Flags Of Our Follies

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Columbia

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A team of five artists from Lisbon, Portugal have created an awareness campaign called, “Meet The World.”

The campaign consists of eight national flags from various countries being represented in a new light, or shadow rather. They’ve taken statistics they’ve gathered from Amnesty International and the United Nations to reinterpret the colors on each flag. The topics portrayed by the eight flags come from shocking statistics that touch on current world events such as drug trafficking in Columbia, the war in Iraq and infant mortality in Africa.

The “Meet The World” campaign has been circulating the globe via email chain letters.

Meet the world, indeed.