Posted March 10, 2008 – In the cases of two young Georgia women murdered on their college campuses over the past week, police say they have arrested one suspect and released a description of another.
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On Friday, authorities took into custody an Alabama man following a high-speed chase and charged him with three counts of capital murder in connection with the death of Auburn University student Lauren Burk. She was shot Tuesday night and later died at a hospital. Her car was discovered on fire in a parking lot near a dormitory.
"We have the right individual in jail," Tommy Dawson, assistant chief of Auburn Police Department, said Saturday. "I'm 100 percent sure of that." Six hours after the announcement, the 18-year-old freshman was memorialized at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church , The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
"The family feels relieved, and on the days of Lauren's service, it's a comfort to know that the police have moved so swiftly on this," Burk family spokeswoman Kathy Singleton told the newspaper. "They've been so concerned that something they say has any impact on the investigation."
Detectives say that Lockhart was identified from a photo but offered no details how the photo was obtained.
"I will tell you this: We have a lot of evidence in this case," Dawson told the Journal-Constitution. "I wouldn't call it a lucky break. I would call it a blessing from God."
In the case of 22-year-old Eve Carson, the popular student body president at the University of North Carolina , Chapel Hill , who was shot to death near her campus, police are asking for help identifying a man in surveillance photos.
Calling photos of a young Black man with a Houston Astros baseball cap and hooded sweater the “biggest break” in the case, police said the pictures were taken by a camera at an ATM machine. The suspect, who authorities say they believe was driving Carson ’s sports utility vehicle and possibly used Carson 's bank card.
“I don't want to release what time they were taken, at this point," he said, according to The Associated Press. "These are questions we would ask in the interrogation. Investigators say they still have no motive in the case and urged the public to call police at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515 if they think they have information that might help.