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Parents of slain Auburn student file complaint

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The parents of a slain Auburn University student from suburban Atlanta say they've filed an official claim against the school.

Lauren Burk's parents told WSB-TV they believe she might still be alive if the school had a campus police department.

Burk, a graduate of Walton High School in Marietta, Ga., was abducted from a campus parking lot and killed in March 2008. Courtney Lockhart was convicted in her murder and was sentenced to death.

WSB-TV reports that Auburn cannot be sued because of sovereign immunity laws. The Burk family says it has filed a claim against the school with the state's Board of Adjustment. The board can consider the claim and use state money to compensate cases that it feels have merit. The Burks' claim asks for $1 million.

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