Slain Auburn student’s parents petition against the university

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - The parents of the Auburn University student who was kidnapped and brutally murdered nearly six years ago are now filing a claim against the school.

WSB-TV in Atlanta spoke with the parents of Lauren Burk, who say they say they believe their daughter would still be alive if Auburn had a campus police department at the time.

The school ended its police force July 1 2004 to save money, using Auburn City Police to patrol the campus.

"When you send your son or daughter to college, and they actually leave the homestead, you're expecting that that college or university to take care of them," said legal advisor Drew Findling.

A jury convicted Courtney Lockhart of capital murder in Burk's death. He was sentenced to death in 2011 and is a dishonorably discharged soldier.

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