Lily Burk, 17 *

The daughter of Los Angeles journalist Greg Burk and Southwestern Law adjunct professor Deborah Drooz was found slain this morning in her car near Alameda and Fourth Street downtown. A student at Oakwood School in North Hollywood, Lily Burk left their home in Los Feliz yesterday afternoon around 2:30 to do an errand. About an hour later, she made calls to both of her parents asking them how to get cash using her credit card at an ATM, according to police. It now appears that several attempts were made to withdraw cash at about that time. Police told the L.A. Times there is "strong evidence" indicating Lily was dead by 5 p.m. Her parents told the Times they believe police did not treat her disappearance with sufficient seriousness. "It pains me to contradict a grief-stricken mother," said Deputy Chief Sergio Diaz of the LAPD. "But this case was always taken very seriously."

Greg Burk covered music for the LA Weekly until November 2006, and launched MetalJazz.com in early 2007.

* At Native Intelligence: Nancy Rommelmann, who knew Lily and has a daughter two years older: "I got in the shower and wept."

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