Police Investigate Pembroke Pines Teen’s Death

PEMBROKE PINES  (CBS4) – As students left Pembroke Pines Charter High School Friday afternoon for spring break, they did so with heavy hearts.

They are mourning the loss of a friend and classmate who died Wednesday due to head injuries suffered after he was beaten and dragged by a car. Close friends shared their thoughts with CBS4’s Joan Murray Friday.

Kevin Burton, 16, was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Pembroke Pines on Monday night where he had been in critical condition with massive head injuries.

Meanwhile, students at the high school expressed disbelief after school officials told students about Burton’s death. Grief counselors were at the school Wednesday.

“He was a good kid. We didn’t know something so bad would happen to him like that,” said Christian Cristancho who said he ran track with Burton. “It’s a great, great loss.”

Rachel Gordon commented, “Today in my lunch hour we had a praying session and we all clapped for him. It’s been a solemn time. Everyone is distraught, torn up about it.”

Pembroke Pines Police are saying little about Burton’s death, but close friends said he was beaten and then run over inside the Parkside at Spring Valley community off Sheridan Street on Monday night.

Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue rushed the teen from NW 164 Ave. and NW 21 St. to the hospital.

Brian Navarro a junior at the school said, “It’s something he didn’t deserve. It shouldn’t have happened to him; one of those kids everybody was friends with, very popular.”

Police said they were investigating his death, but released no other details.

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  • Alexia Williams

    We miss you kevin burton aka swagg king we all know you didnt deserve this but dont worry we will find justice ok sweety we love you and r.i.paradise Heaven offically got swagg thanks to the Swagg King “Jet Life Till The Next Life” you already know

  • Kassandra Arjona

    I love you Kevin! we will be greatly missed by everybody even the people who didn’t know you. The swag king; jet life till the next life; “fooo”. Damn ima miss all of that! Were all gunna be strong for you! were all gunna smile for you! were all gunna stop crying for you! You have made an impact in peoples lives and it was a reality hit. It’s not fair to take you away from us, especially your parents. We love you and miss you! oh and your on my wall in my room. Always and forever! <3

  • Heidi Foster

    There are no words……prayers and love to all of the family <3

  • Rolanda Grammer

    May you and your family find peace and comfort in God during this difficult time. <3

  • Derek

    Kevin was a great friend, a great classmate and a great brother to many. He was always full of energy and always lifted the spirits of others with jokes and hilarious remarks. There was not a reason in the world for this to happen to him and my heart goes out to his family. We all have a new angel looking over us with the most swagg im sure. As he always said,”Jet Life Til The Next Life”. He will always be remembered and forever live in our hearts and memories. I see the signs your sending us from heaven bro hope your making the best of it. See you up there one day but until then take it easy my man.

  • Danielle Boss Davis

    i Love You Kevin. You didn’t deserve this. Every day I question why it had to be you, why so intense ? It wasn’t necessary in any way, at all . I miss you Soooo Much Kevin . You don’t understand . it’s hard to focus in school , hard to stay calm when i’m at home . i cry on and off all day . from now on , i’m gonna rock your favorite color , purple as much as possible .You mean so much to me Baby Boy . People say you’re in a better place and you’re out of pain but what pain were you in before that you needed to be taken from ? none or close to none ? until these disrespectful, drugged-out, idiotic, immature kids decided to hurt you. they’re the reason for all of your pain but don’t stress it because i promise you , the right kids will be caught and locked up ! no doubt . i know who did it .. all 5 of them , justice ill be served and your story will be figured out . i love you Kevin Burton , Rest In Paradise Swag King <3 ~

    • Jose Vandervis

      You are so right. My son told me how he talk about the future and the things he wanted to do, his place was here living his life and becoming a productive member of our society and doing great things. This should not have happened. He did not deserve to have his life taken from him. Let make sure it does not happen again to any one, lets make sure Kevin is not forgotten.

  • Charmaine Monteith

    Today is another day without you in our lives, didn’t know you would be gone so soon, didn’t tell you as often as i should that I Love You, but I know you are smiling down at us now. I Love you my Nephew you will always be in my heart. Muah

  • marcia vandervis

    why the responsible are not been exposed like any common criminal who are protecting them, the community deserve to see the face of these evils souls

  • Investor gadget

    How do you know that?

  • Corey

    Take your comments elsewhere please, if you have any information that would lead to an arrest then i suggest you contact the police instead of posting unnecessay comments on here. other then that let the police do there job. R.I.P Kevin “swaggking” Burton. forever in our hearts, be easy man.

  • you did it

    why is it when an officer dies like at the post office a year ago they are all over the media BUT WHEN a 16 year old child is MURDERED they let days pass without any arrest what so ever

  • Kerry

    It saddens my heart to read such a tragic story. No one deserves to die like this! I am a Parent and it brings tears to my eyes to hear this….PLEASE if anyone knows anything please come forward. My heart and prayers go out to the Burton family.

  • Parents

    Kevin , I did not know you, but my daughter is a really close friend and schoolmate and when she told me tears fell from my eyes , and my stomach got weak to hear of such a tragedy. My heart goes out to your family , I can feel their pain. R.I.P Kevin !!!

  • tasha

    I think of you everynight before i go to sleep. I think of your family especially your Mon. I can only imagine what it must be like. I wish I can reach out and bring some comfort. What comfort can there be for something like this? Instead I pray to God to hold your family and help your mom get through. I have made a space in my heart to carry you as long as I live.
    I pray for the kids who are struggling to come to terms with what happened to you. I see my own kids struggling with the pain and the loss, not able to understand the violence.
    I told my little son that God needed and Angel to teach them some Swagg in heaven!!!

  • Taye

    omg i didnt know u but that hurt my heart just hearin what happened R.I.PARADISE KEV swagg king ” JET LIFE TILL THE NEXT LIFE” LOVE YOU KEV..IMMA STILL PRAY 4 U ND YO FAM AT NITE!!!

  • Ashley Cisneros

    Kevin, a.k.a “swag king” I remember hearing that whenever your friends would drop you off at the movies with me.. I would simply look at you, laugh,and shake my head but I never knew those days would end so quickly as they did.. I truly regret not trying to make the effort to speak to you after our last argument..you were truly something special.. You had left a special place in my heart ever since the day I first met you and that place will forever be yours.. I remember you would pray on the phone with me when times weren’t good.. You really held me up.. When I heard that you were no longer with us anymore my heart dropped.. I felt like the world stop spinning.. I thought it was some practical teenage joke.. But I guess my assumptions were wrong. The day after as I fell asleep I ended up having a dream with you.. it felt so real.. Oh how I wish it was.. But that dream was you telling me that nothing will ever change.. You’ll never leave my side.. And someday we’ll be reuinted again..There are so many things that I wish to say to you but I’ll just have to wait to dream again..I love you so much Kevin and forever I will.. You and your family are in my prayers! God bless you and your family.. <3

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