Students gather to remember Lauren Burk

By Chris Vessell bio | email

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Auburn University students gathered on the lawn of Samford Hall on Wednesday to remember their friend Lauren Burk. One year ago, the murder of the Auburn University freshman shocked students, and stunned a community.

Last March, the teenager was kidnapped from campus, then shot and killed a few miles away. Many Auburn students hang on to her memory, remembering the vivacious freshman . "Auburn University is blessed to have Lauren as a friend and a student," said Jacob Watkins, SGA President. "She was caring and high-spirited, the embodiment of an Auburn woman," Watkins added.

Friends gathered at Samford Hall to honor Lauren and share their thoughts and prayers. "I think its so good to remember Lauren as she was, an Auburn woman who lived her day-in and day-out life on this campus and it's such a tribute to her to know how much of an affect she's had on those around her," Meredith Gaston, a student said.

"It is evident that she touched the lives so many people here," Watkins said. "It's important to all of the students, even the ones who didn't know her, because everyone was affected by it," Allison O'Brien, a student said .

The mother of one of Lauren's friends drove all the way from Atlanta to pay tribute. "I think that she was a special young woman," said Cheryl Monroe. "I knew her back in high school, and I just wanted to be here to help support my daughter who is also good friends with her," she added.

As students go on about their lives, they vow to never let the memory of their friend fade. "I encourage us all to celebrate and honor her life by living ours honorably and to the fullest each day," Watkins said. "Lauren though you are gone, you are not forgotten" he added.

The university set up a memorial scholarship endowment in memory of Lauren Burk. Each year, an incoming freshman majoring in Art or Pre-Graphic Design receives the scholarship.