Auburn University Holds Memorial Service for Lauren Burk

Two students hug each other at the Lauren Burk Memorial Service March 10, 2008.
Two students hug each other at the Lauren Burk Memorial Service March 10, 2008.

Auburn, Al. (WSFA) -- A bright smile is what friends say stood out about Lauren Burk. "She could brighten a room," said her sorority sister Alison Penuel.

A room of 6,000 watched a slide show filled with precious memories of Lauren. Those times are the ones her friends choose to remember.  Penuel said, "She wouldn't want us to grieve, but remember her good qualities."

Dean of students Doctor Johnny Green said Auburn lost part of its goodness when it lost Lauren. He encouraged students to turn their anger into something positive to honor Lauren. He said, "She would not want us to rant and rave, but leave the world a better place."

A student read the Auburn Creed during the memorial service. One line stood out. It reads, "I believe in the human touch." Students say it's that human touch, the support from the Auburn family that make this difficult time bearable.

"Students have shown support to her family and each other," said SGA President Lauren Hayes.

Burk's friends say she enjoyed music, art and photography. She was studying to be a graphic designer.

Memorable quotes:

  • "This has been one of the saddest weeks in the history of Auburn University. And I think it is important as we cry, as we mourn, that we remember today and Lauren will be missed but forever she will be a part of the Auburn family."
                                                               - Dr. Jay Gouge, Auburn University President

  • "In this week we have seen both the worst and the best in people. While one person has the power to take away a precious life, together we have the power to ensure that Lauren's life was not lost in vain."

                                                               - Lauren Hayes, SGA President

  • "She would not want us to ring our hands in frustration. Neither to rant, rave but to have a positive impact on our world."

                                                               - Johnny Green, Dean of Students

  • "I think Lauren would like us to use this day not to grieve, but to celebrate her life and her amazing qualities and accomplishments."

                                                               - Alison Penue, Delta Gamma President

Reporter: Sally Pitts