UPDATE: Family and Friends Walk to Remember Micah Burdette

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UPDATE 9/13/14 @ 5:45 p.m.
ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Saturday, Micah Burdette was honored by those closest to him.

They walked with passion, with pursuit, and with purpose.

"In a time of loss like this, no-one is alone," said organizer Victoria Adkins.

Wearing Burdette's favorite color, friends and family came together to reflect.

They gathered early at the school where Burdette graduated and slowly made their way to his house.

"Most people pretty much are still in shock," said Adkins. "Everybody thinks that he's going to come home."

Along the way tears were shed, and stories where shared; remembering the man whose life was taken far too soon.

"My heart is filled with love for him," said Wendy Elkins.

Elkins never met Micah, but her daughter did once. On a day when her world was crashing in, he was there to pick her back up.

"Tapped her on the shoulder and said he didn't know what was going on with her, but he felt he needed to tell her that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and that she was beautiful," said Elkins.

"It makes it so nice to hear from everyone and all their stories," said Micah's brother Isaac. "It really helps to hear about all the good times."

Isaac and his mother Teresa Sanders greeted the group on their arrival, and hugs were plenty.

For them, the outpouring of support means more than they can express.

"I'm reminded that he was a gift to me," said Sanders. "God gave me 20 years of loving him."



UPDATE 9/13/14 @ 12:15 a.m.
ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An arrest has been made in connection with a murder in St. Albans.

Michael Benbow, Jr., 24, has been arrested for the murder of Micah Burdette.

Benbow is from Huntersville, North Carolina.

Burdette, 20, was found dead September 9th in St. Albans City Park.

An autopsy revealed Burdette was shot in the head.

According to the criminal complaint, an officer found a cell phone at the crime scene that had several text messages. One of them said, "dis smoov dis my other nino gota pay da bill on dat phone but im bringing u dat pig of girlscout cookies call me now."

Mobile phone records revealed the phone that sent the messages was in the area of St. Albans City Park at the time of the murder.

Several tips were received by police, including one source who indicated Benbow was involved in Burdette's death.

A confidential informant identified Benbow as "Smoov."

According to the criminal complaint, an informant told an officer that he made contact with Benbow, on September 11 and Benbow told the informant that he shot the victim.

Benbow was arrested Friday night and is charged with 1st Degree Murder.

He was arraigned and is being held without bond.

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UPDATE 9/11/14 @ 6:50 p.m.
ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- As the investigation into the death of Micah Burdette, 20, continues, his friends are preparing a memorial in his honor.

Heather Braddock has helped organize Micah's Memorial Walk, which is set for Saturday, September 13th at 9:30 a.m. The walk will begin at St. Albans High School.

People are asked to write down any memories they have of Micah and bring them, along with pictures. They will then walk from the school to the home of Micah's parents, to present the pictures and cards to his mom.

Braddock says the community has been in a state of shock and sadness since hearing that Burdette's body was found at St. Albans City Park on Tuesday night.

"I'm in shock," said Heather Braddock. "I don't know what to think. I don't want to believe that it's real. I want to just wake up and everything be back to normal."

Braddock has known Burdette since she was in the sixth grade.

"He's amazing. The nicest guy anybody's ever met. He always had a smile on his face. He had no enemies at all. He was just amazing."

Preliminary autopsy results found the cause of Micah's death to be homicide. Anyone with information on his death is asked to call the St. Albans Police Department or e-mail: crimetips@saintalbanspolice.com.



UPDATE 9/10/14 @ 11:07 p.m.
ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- "Yesterday at 5:47p.m.: 'you gonna be home in about 20 minutes? I'm trying to run by and grab some games if you want,' " read Corey Leighton.

It's a simple text message between buddies, and the last memory Leighton will ever have of his best friend, Micah Burdette.

"After that there was no more response," Leighton said. "My best friend is gone instantly, just like that."

Minutes later, Burdette's body was found only a football field away from Leighton's home inside the Saint Albans City Park.

Police are remaining tight-lipped about how he died, but say Burdette had "obvious signs of injury."

"The way he was found, it was a nightmare," said Burdette's aunt Rachel Scantlin. "No mother should have to go through this."

"Hearing her scream for his name, it's heartbreaking," Leighton said.

Burdette's family and friends say he had no enemies, no fights, and no problems.

"He was a very sweet, lovable, good to everybody," remembered Scantlin.

Now, they go through the hardest part: waiting for answers and begging anyone with information to come forward.

"His family, we need that closure," Scantlin said. "We need to know what happened. We want justice served."



UPDATE 9/10/14 @ 4:07 p.m.
ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- St. Albans Police have identified a young man's body found Tuesday night at St. Albans City Park.

Micah Burdette, 20, was found by a hiker around 7:30 p.m.

St. Albans Police tell WSAZ.com the death is a homicide, and there are obvious signs of injury.

Anyone with information should call the Saint Albans Police Department or email: crimetips@saintalbanspolice.com.

Burdette's family tells us that arrangements are complete. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Casdorph and Curry Funeral Home in St. Albans. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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ORIGINAL STORY 9/9/14 @ 11:50 p.m.
ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A young man's body was found Tuesday night by a hiker in a parking area at St. Albans City Park, St. Albans Police say.

The discovery was made about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The 20-year-old man was identified, but his name will be withheld until his entire family is notified. The body was taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office.

The cause of death is unknown at this time.

Detectives from the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation were called to the scene, along with detectives from the Special Enforcement Unit of the St. Albans Police Department to begin an investigation. The KBI consists of detectives from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department, Nitro Police Department, Dunbar Police Department, and St. Albans Police Department.

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