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Three services planned for slain Auburn coed

Three services will be held memory of Lauren Burk, the Auburn University student killed earlier this week, according to information posted on the university's Web site.

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church on Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, Burk's hometown, will hold a service on Saturday, March 8 at 5 p.m.

Kol Emeth Synagogue on Old Canton Road in Marietta will also hold a service on Sunday, March 9 at 5:30 p.m.

Auburn University, where Burk was a freshman studying fine arts, will hold a campus-wide memorial on Monday, March 10 at 3 p.m. on the university's Samford lawn. University president Jay Gogue and Dean of Students Johnny Green will be among the speakers.

Burk was found along Ala. 147 on Tuesday night, suffering from a single-gunshot wound.

The 18-year-old Burk was transported to the East Alabama Medical Center where she died.

During a Thursday afternoon press conference, Auburn police's assistant chief Tommy Dawson said the division will be forming a task force to investigate the murder.

He said they have questioned persons of interest, but are not releasing the names of any suspects at this time.

Alabama governor Bob Riley is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the shooting death.

In a message posted on the university's Web site, Green offered his condolences to Burk's family and friends and reminded students to be aware of their surroundings.

"I want to remind all of you to please be aware of your surroundings at all times, both on campus and off, and if you are traveling at night use the buddy system. We'll continue to be vigilant in our efforts to ensure your safety, but we want you to take that responsibility for yourself too," he said.

Green said counseling would be available to student's affected by Burk's death.

Burk was a member of the campus chapter of Delta Gamma. She graduated from George Walton High School in 2007.

Individuals with information about the shooting should contact the Auburn police department at 334-501-3110.

For more information on any of the memorial services, visit the university's Web site, www.auburn.edu.

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