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Lily Burk left home Friday afternoon and never returned. Police found her body the next morning and are investigating the death as a homicide.

By Margot Roosevelt and Ruben Vives
July 26, 2009
She was set to star this week in her high school's production of David Mamet's "The Boston Marriage." And she planned to volunteer helping the homeless this summer. Seventeen-year-old Lily Burk had a knack for writing and being funny, and while classmates at Oakwood School in North Hollywood carried backpacks, she lugged two canvas bags overstuffed with books, papers and binders.

This girl was "cute and getting cuter," her mother said. Lily was going places.

Instead, she left her Los Feliz home Friday afternoon on an errand and never returned. Early Saturday her black Volvo was found parked in a lot surrounded by warehouses and lofts near downtown Los Angeles. Lily's body was found on the front passenger seat, and police are investigating her death as a homicide.

"She was my best friend," Deborah Drooz, 54, said of her only child. "She was warm and funny and incredibly gifted verbally. We read books together. We loved each other very much. She was looking forward to her life."

Sgt. Miguel Arana of the Los Angeles Police Department said there were signs of a struggle inside the car. Lily appeared to have head injuries from striking the passenger side of the front windshield, but the car did not show signs of having been in a crash, he said.


Deputy Chief Sergio Diaz said that the cause of death appeared to be blunt force trauma and that there was "strong evidence" that Lily was killed by 5 p.m. Friday. He declined to disclose more details.

Drooz and her husband, Gregory Burk, 59, said their daughter left home about 2:30 p.m. Friday to pick up exams for her mother, an attorney and an adjunct professor at Southwestern University School of Law on Wilshire Boulevard, near downtown.

Lily picked up the papers and, more than an hour later, made separate calls to each of her parents, asking them how to get cash using her credit card at an ATM, police said.

Lily seemed in a rush, her father said, but not frightened. She said she needed money to buy shoes. Her parents said they told her to come home.

When she had not returned by 5 p.m., her parents became worried.

"I called the police when I got home from work and she wasn't there. It took them forever to come," Drooz said. "I called about 5 or 6 p.m. They didn't get here until after 8," Drooz said. "They said she might have run away. I said, 'This is a kidnapping.' They said, 'We're going to write it up as a missing person.' "

The parents were upset, believing that police were handling the case as a missing-person investigation rather than an abduction.

The girl's parents said they told police that they had contacted the cellphone and credit card companies. Their information showed repeated attempts to withdraw money from an ATM using the credit card, they said. Drooz said she told police that their daughter's cellphone calls were moving farther east.

The parents also were upset that they were not notified that their daughter's body had been found until hours after police arrived at the crime scene Saturday.

"It pains me to contradict a grief-stricken mother," Diaz said. "But this case was always taken very seriously, and if they are implying that we dismissed it as a runaway, they would be mistaken."

He said police records show that the first call from the parents came in at 7 p.m. Friday and that a night watch detective from the Northeast Station went to the family home about an hour later. The detective remained in contact with the family throughout the night to gather information that he had asked the parents to obtain from Verizon.

The parents, Diaz said, could have been under the mistaken impression that it was being treated as a runaway case because the detective requested that they keep contacting the girl's friends to ask about her possible whereabouts. Detectives worked through the night on the case, he said, searching for her in the Little Tokyo and skid row area.

Diaz said that when the Volvo was discovered at 6:15 a.m. Saturday it "almost immediately" was connected to Lily Burk. The detective handling the case was notified and began working with homicide detectives.

Diaz said the delay in notification was an unfortunate but unavoidable result of the work detectives had to do at the crime scene before they could contact the parents. Detectives notified the family a few hours after the car was discovered.

On Saturday night, the couple could not keep from crying as they recalled their child.


She's dead, she's dead," Drooz sobbed on the telephone to a caller on the other line. "They found her. . . . She was only 17."

Lily's SAT scores sat on her bed. She was a National Merit Scholar, which came naturally to her, her mother said.

She did not lack for friends. They went to the Coachella Music and Arts Festival together and planned surprise parties for each other.

"She was dearly loved by a great group of kids," her mother said. "It's going to be hard to watch them grow up."

Lily wanted to be a writer. She would carry around a tiny notebook and pen, constantly pulling them out to write thoughts or draw pictures. She especially enjoyed writing short stories.


She wrote a cheeky review for an animated movie for L.A. Weekly -- where her father, a journalist, used to work -- while she was in middle school. "If your child forces you to go to 'Yu-Gi-Oh!,' remember that there's no law against iPods in movie theaters," she wrote.

The teen had a soft spot for sick birds, which she would take in whenever she found them. With her mother's help, she would nurse them back to health.

"She was a really beautiful young woman, full of energy, just really smart," said Rick Wartzman, 44, whose daughter was one of Lily's best friends. "She was the kind of kid who walked into a room and lit it up."

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WHY WONT THEY SHOW US A PICTURE OF THE SUSPECT?!

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Does she look familiar to anyone else?

Trying to think who she looks like...

Seems like someone in a movie... can't think of who though.

It's very odd they won't show a pic of the killer.

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Finally found a picture of the suspect at this link...
[link to latimesblogs.latimes.com]
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Does she look familiar to anyone else?

Trying to think who she looks like...

Seems like someone in a movie... can't think of who though.

It's very odd they won't show a pic of the killer.
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The Dirty Dancing chick?
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Lily Burk's slaying shakes an up-and-coming neighborhood

The Mid-Wilshire area fell into decline after the 1992 riots and looting of Bullocks Wilshire department store. The neighborhood has bounced back, but some fear the random killing may bring another regression.
By Cara Mia DiMassa
July 29, 2009
Wilshire Place is one of those crossroads where old and new Los Angeles meet.

Canopied by a row of old-growth trees, the side street off of Wilshire Boulevard was for decades the route into the landmark Bullocks Wilshire department store, where uniformed valets under a grand portico would greet customers for a day of shopping and later, perhaps, dinner or a drink at the Brown Derby down the street.

Today, the Art-Deco Bullocks building houses a law school, and Wilshire Place is home to a Korean community newspaper as well as shops and restaurants catering to the neighborhood's mix of law students, office workers, often well-heeled Korean residents and Latino immigrants.

But on Tuesday, thoughts in the neighborhood seemed to dwell on a 17-year-old girl who neither lived nor worked there. Lily Burk was abducted from Wilshire Place on Friday afternoon while running an errand for her mother, a professor at Southwestern Law School. She was killed hours later.

A memorial of flowers and cards on Wilshire Place just north of 7th Street marked the spot where she was allegedly snatched by a 50-year-old transient with a long criminal record.


Burk's slaying prompted outrage and grief around the city. But for some on Wilshire Place, those emotions were accompanied by fear and a sense that something about their neighborhood might have been permanently lost.

Until a few days ago, Suzan Pour-Sanae, a labor union researcher, loved the area -- the friendly mix of workers, lunches at the law school cafeteria (which used to be Bullocks' famed tea room) and the throngs of people on the streets. The school bolstered her confidence in the safety of the district.

Now, Pour-Sanae says, she's afraid to walk alone -- even during the day. She's planning to buy pepper spray, hoping that might make her feel safe when walking from her car to her office building.

"I guess it was a false sense of security," she said. "You get used to a neighborhood."

Emma Lepe, manager at the nearby Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, said her co-workers had been talking about little else. "I'm pretty sure it could happen again, to anyone."

Burk's death comes at a time when L.A. is experiencing its lowest violent crime rate -- including homicides -- in decades. And statistics show that the Wilshire Place neighborhood is far from a hotbed of crime.

The Mid-Wilshire area struggled for decades, culminating in the 1992 riots, when looters ravaged Bullocks Wilshire and other stores. These days the areas is on an upswing, attracting new businesses and residents and even a trendy reputation.

But high-profile crimes can color even the most sturdy districts. In 1988, a 27-year-old graphic artist was killed in gang crossfire in Westwood Village, sparking a decline that persists even today.

But some who live and work near Southwestern Law School said they hope the same fate won't befall their district, adding that they are optimistic in part because of continuing development in the area and because crime in general seems to be in check.

Leslie Steinberg, who has worked for Southwestern for 28 years, said she -- like so many at the law school--was shaken by Burk's slaying. But despite that, she still perceives the area as relatively safe and secure.

"I have truly not been worried or aware of anything that would be out of the ordinary from any West L.A. neighborhood," she said. "That is why something like this, what happened to Lily, is unbelievable."

With the school on summer break, Steinberg said, only a few people showed up Tuesday for a meeting with a senior LAPD officer to talk about what she called "basic crime prevention."

The low turnout surprised her a little. But she believes it indicates that members of the Southwestern community "understand that this was a very random crime. There have been a couple of people who have wanted to be reassured."

Phillip Sanchez hadn't heard of Lily Burk until he took a walk around his neighborhood Tuesday. As he passed the western entrance to Southwestern's parking lot -- near where police say Burk was abducted -- he stopped in front of a memorial created with with candles, flowers and a red teddy bear.

"What happened here?" he asked.

When he heard about Burk, his response seemed to focus on the role his neighborhood played in the tragedy.

"I feel shame," said Sanchez, native of Barcelona, Spain, who has lived off of 7th Street for the last three years. The area, he said, has "Korean shops, Korean news, the university. . . . I never see or hear anything suspicious."

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Finally found a picture of the suspect at this link...
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That explains it...
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The borders are open and the foreign hords are within. It's not a good time to "leave home". Do so at you own peril.
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If she was black and he was white, he would be charged with a hate crime.
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The Dirty Dancing chick?
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Jennifer Grey...


Holy shit, that IS who she looks like.


Good job, AC.


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Everyone call Fox News at 1-888-369-4762 and ask them why the aren't covering this story.
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The Dirty Dancing chick?



Jennifer Grey...


Holy shit, that IS who she looks like.


Good job, AC.


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 Quoting: Mister Obvious


Whoah...Twins!
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Sad day for her parents, bless them.
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I will invite the killer and the victims family over for a beer to discuss race relations.
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i only read about black men that die .

they only use young women as a clarion call for some kind of dogma or other

fact- gaza- show woman standing up to troops

fact- iraq- show women getting shot - not beared donkey face guy

the evidence is clear- news stories are maudlin and appeal to the stupid.
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i only read about black men that die .
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Black men killed by other black men...
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So why isnt this story being trumpeted on every news channel show the white victim and black killer? I thought the NWO was trying to start a race war guys? I think any intelligent person realizes the real agenda of TPTB by their supression of stories like this. Buy a fucking gun or two if you havent already...
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So why isnt this story being trumpeted on every news channel show the white victim and black killer? I thought the NWO was trying to start a race war guys? I think any intelligent person realizes the real agenda of TPTB by their supression of stories like this. Buy a fucking gun or two if you havent already...
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If you're trying to get the peasants to turn on each other, you publicize the stories of white on black crime and ignore the black on white crime. The dumb blacks then get riled up about the racism and blame ALL whites and the dumb whites (uh, like on this thread) get riled up because black on white crime is ignored.

It's not blacks or whites you have to worry about - DUMB ASSES are, always have been, and always will be the problem.
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So why isnt this story being trumpeted on every news channel show the white victim and black killer? I thought the NWO was trying to start a race war guys? I think any intelligent person realizes the real agenda of TPTB by their supression of stories like this. Buy a fucking gun or two if you havent already...



If you're trying to get the peasants to turn on each other, you publicize the stories of white on black crime and ignore the black on white crime. The dumb blacks then get riled up about the racism and blame ALL whites and the dumb whites (uh, like on this thread) get riled up because black on white crime is ignored.

It's not blacks or whites you have to worry about - DUMB ASSES are, always have been, and always will be the problem.
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Oh! And by all means buy a gun. That's part of their plan too. We can kill each other off and they won't have to.
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I saw this story on all the racist blogs a couple days ago. It's a tragedy but this girl's death shouldn't be used as an opportunity to bash black people.

At the same time, parents shouldn't be politically correct to the point where they don't tell their kids there are certain areas of town they shouldn't go to for fear of being perceived as a racist.
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It sounds like the killer was with her when she was making those phone calls to her parents asking for help on how to get money from an ATM. Creepy. If only she could have conveyed to them what was really going on they could have gotten the police looking for her car a lot sooner.
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So why isnt this story being trumpeted on every news channel show the white victim and black killer?
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they are hiding evidence. police are involved.
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Does she look familiar to anyone else?

Trying to think who she looks like...

Seems like someone in a movie... can't think of who though.

It's very odd they won't show a pic of the killer.
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One of the females from the Brady Bunch...yes/no?
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Finally found a picture of the suspect at this link...
[link to latimesblogs.latimes.com]

That explains it...
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Of course. it's all they ever do. Piece of shit. They reflect what they are on the outside.
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white police framing black men i see!
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Does she look familiar to anyone else?

Trying to think who she looks like...

Seems like someone in a movie... can't think of who though.

It's very odd they won't show a pic of the killer.
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somehow she reminds me of Natasha Richarson...

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Finally found a picture of the suspect at this link...
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The bye bye should ride old sparky into hell.
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somehow she reminds me of Natasha Richarson...

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YES, her also!

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white police framing black men i see!
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this chronic career criminal supported by free lawyers fro americans tax dollars to fund his life of crime as subhumanoid, kidnapped this girl .. videos of surrounding bussiness caught this killer kidnap carjacking her when she went to her car from her moms law practice..his fingerprints were in the car..he forced her to atm . and gid knows where all afterward fimanmlly killing the white girl he is 50 s Black man and caught with crack pipesitting on sidewalk drinking a beer later on. he was questioned by polce who found crack pipe and arested him.