Man charged in slaying of Navy veteran, college student
The Chicago Tribune
An 18-year-old man has been charged in the killing of a 33-year-old Chicago State University student on Sunday, police said.
Devon Brunt of the 9600 block of South Merrill has been charged with one count of first-degree murder.
Brunt has been charged with fatally shooting Telkia Burns in the right temple about 3 p.m. and fleeing with his money and house keys, according to Chicago police.
Brunt had been in custody over the shooting in the 9100 block of South Commercial Avenue, according to police. When the robber tried to go through Burns' pockets, Burns fought back and was shot in the head, police said.
Burns was a Navy veteran who learned to speak Japanese while stationed in Japan for three years, according to Milton Thornton, who said he served in the military with him. Burns was studying community health at Chicago State through a Veterans Affairs work-study program, Thornton said.
Burns had two sons, ages 7 and 8, who live in Indiana. He just visited his oldest son last weekend after not seeing him for years, Burns' mother said.
Thornton said he met Burns at a Navy Reserve Center after they were discharged in 2004.
"This is going to be hard for (his kids)," Thornton said.