Family of Lauren Burk Asks for Privacy

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - As investigators pursue leads in the shooting death of an Auburn University student, the family of Lauren Burk is asking for privacy.

The family issued a written statement today through family friend Kathy Singleton in Marietta, Georgia.

The statement expressed gratitude for what it called "all the kindness and prayers expressed during this tragedy." The statement says the family asks for privacy to grieve for their loss and to celebrate Lauren's life.

The family says a fund has been established to help find their daughter's killer. It says anyone interested may contact any Wachovia Bank office and make a contribution to the "Lauren Burk Memorial Fund."

The 18-year-old freshman was found wounded by a gunshot on a roadside Tuesday night, about five miles from Auburn University.

She later died at a hospital. Her car was found burning in a parking lot on campus.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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