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.

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