Auburn University Sued Over Student's Murder
The family of an Auburn University student who was kidnapped on campus and later murdered has filed a lawsuit against the Alabama school, according to court records.
The lawsuit was filed by Jim Burk and Viviane Guerschon, the parents of Lauren Burk, who was kidnapped from a parking lot located on campus in March 2008. Burk's body was later discovered off campus.
Police arrested Courtney Lockhart, who has since been convicted and sentenced to death for the murder. Lockhart kidnapped Burk while attempting to rob her and shot her to death as she tried to escape by jumping from his car, according to police reports.
The lawsuit alleges that if Auburn's campus had a police department or if the school had heeded the security recommendations of a federal report released prior to their daughter's death, Lauren might still be alive.
Because the university is protected by sovereign immunity laws, Burk's parents had to file a $1 million claim with the Alabama Board of Adjustment.