Auburn University Student Shot Dead, No Arrests Yet, Reward Offered

Auburn, Ala. (WTVM) - Alabama Governor Bob Riley's office is issuing a $10,000 reward for any information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person/s that murdered an Auburn University freshman student on Tuesday nignt.

The body of Lauren Burk is currently being examined by a forensics team in Montgomery. But at this hour, Auburn Police have not released any information regarding an arrest.

Auburn Police say around 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, they responded to the call of an injured female on Alabama Highway 147.  When they arrived, they found 18-year-old Lauren Burk suffering from a single gunshot wound.  Burk was transported to the East Alabama Medical Center, where she later died.

Then around 9:30 p.m., Auburn Police received a call that a 2001 black Honda Civic was on fire in the Hinton Field parking lot on the Auburn University campus.  Emergency crews quickly responded and put the blaze out.

Further investigation yielded that the car was registered to Burk. Both crime scenes are being investigated by the Auburn Police Department and the Department of Forensic Sciences.  Police called a 2:00 p.m. ET news conference to provide updated details.

An Auburn Police statement says although there are few leads in this case, "there is insufficient evidence to assume any additional danger to others exists."  A University spokesman told, "There is no indication of additional danger to campus or student safety."  City-campus police have increased presence on the streets to ensure the safety of citizens.

A group has been formed online in the Facebook community. Those with a Facebook account can view comments posted by friends of Lauren Burk.