Teen killed in hit-run 'just loved life'

Full story: St. Petersburg Times

All her life, Devyn Marie Burke had been haunted by her father's suicide. She was only 2 when it happened, so she had no memory of him.
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1 - 18 of 18 Comments Last updated Feb 28, 2013
Victoria

Tampa, FL

#1 Mar 19, 2006
Devyn was such a sweet gurl and no one will ever be able to replace her. we spent many good times together at school and i will miss her alot
Cayla

Saint Petersburg, FL

#2 Mar 21, 2006
I didnt kno Devyn very long. But for the time that I did know her, i knew she was special. She was one of the sweetest people I had ever met in my life. I remember telling Matt, (my boyfriend, who was really good friends with her) how beautiful I thought she was. The first time I met Devyn was because Matt wanted to see what Devyn thought of me. I thought it was kind of funny. After meeting her, me and Matt hung out with her a few more times. Devyn was such an angel. She is so beautiful. I pray for Devyn and her mom, family and friends every night and I know she is looking down on everyone of you right now.
brittany

Sarasota, FL

#3 Mar 21, 2006
ive known devyn for 6 years we used to do everything togethjer dhe was like family.. even though she is gone at least i know she is in a better place with her father now..nd shwan if you read this i love you to and give kyndell some love for me!!! devyn R.I.P
Christina Marie

Kissimmee, FL

#4 Mar 28, 2006
Devyn was one of my best friends!! we would hang out everyday after school during my summers!!! ive known her sence 6th grade and we're been best friends sence!! shes such a beautiful girl and everyone loved her ((except for the jealous girls)) but few people ever had a problem with her!! i love devyn with all my heart and i miss her so much but i do kno that she is in a better place and happy in her fathers arms!! i love you
Amanda Loehmann

Palm Harbor, FL

#5 Jul 5, 2006
It's been a couple of months now since Devyn past away. It was depressing not being able to call her on her birthday and tell her happy birthday. She deserved so much more than this from life. I love her like a sister and I won't forget her. A friend for life and always will be in my heart. R.I.P To the sweetest girl ever "devyn Marie Burke"
JACKIE JOHNSON

United States

#6 Sep 7, 2006
Saint Theresa's prayer:
May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.
I love you Devyn.
Jackie
Jackie Johnson (Lytz, FL )
jlynjohn04@aol.com
JACKIE JOHNSON

United States

#7 Sep 7, 2006
Devyn,

I feel you are very close by. I found your key to my house in the laundry room the other day. The little butterfly key ring. Thank you little girl. I also found the diary that I gave you Christmas 2004.
Thank you for your thoughts.

I was overwhelmed with grief when I found it, but then I read your entries. We loved you too.

Devyn everyday is struggle for a lot of people try to deal with you being gone. I am just one of hundreds. You were very special. I miss you.

Jackie
Jackie Johnson (Lutz, FL )
jlynjohn04@aol.com
JACKIE JOHNSON

United States

#8 Sep 7, 2006
August 18, 2006
Hi,

It's Friday and I am thinking of you. You would be sleeping right now if you were still here. I was getting dressed this morning and I thought I heard you call my name. If only. I am letting everything around me fall apart. Work is not good. Itís entirely my fault. Ricky is doing ok. He misses you. Even though he appears to be moving on, he is still yours. Watch over us Dev. We still need you very much. I love you always.

Forever your want to be mother in law,
Jackie
Jackie Johnson (Lutz, FL )
jlynjohn04@aol.com
JACKIE JOHNSON

United States

#9 Sep 7, 2006
Devyn,

While your life was too short, so was the time I spent with you. I caught Big Rick crying outside at 3:00 o'clock in the morning. He misses you too. I want to see you dance around in my face begging to go to WALMART. Friday I was alone in my room and I started to cry. I tried to be quite so I did not have to explain to everyone what was going on. Ricky walked in the room and demanded to know what upset me. I grabed your picture and cried even harder. Devyn he held me he said it was ok to cry. I cried even harder. Then he started to cry. The point is we love you and miss you. NO ONE will ever take your place. You are an angel and I need you to watch over all of us. I love you little girl.

Jackie
Jackie Johnson (Lutz, FL )
jlynjohn04@aol.com
devyn still gone

Clearwater, FL

#10 Mar 27, 2009
I thought it was a dream. That I read it in a magazine. Devyn Marie Burke hit and killed today on hwy 41. Three years later and your not back.
I hope you are waitng to see me as I am waiting too see you.
The truth hurts

Tampa, FL

#11 Mar 27, 2009
and so do memories

and then we too move on
riverview

Clearwater, FL

#12 Apr 1, 2009
The truth hurts wrote:
and so do memories
and then we too move on
And what you dont know could hurt also.
Jackie

Clearwater, FL

#13 Apr 1, 2009
devyn still gone wrote:
I thought it was a dream. That I read it in a magazine. Devyn Marie Burke hit and killed today on hwy 41. Three years later and your not back.
I hope you are waitng to see me as I am waiting too see you.
NO one knows how bad it still hurts. No regrets.
We spent good quality time together. She will always be in my heart and soul.
Ya But

Saint Petersburg, FL

#14 Apr 1, 2009
Jackie wrote:
<quoted text>
NO one knows how bad it still hurts. No regrets.
We spent good quality time together. She will always be in my heart and soul.
My condolences for your friend. Why is it that we loose the ones we love the most first.
Jackie Johnson

Tampa, FL

#16 Nov 6, 2012
It's 11/05/2012 and Devyn is in my heart as much today as she was when she passed 3/17/2006.
Love you Devyn

Since: Nov 12

Location hidden

#17 Nov 6, 2012
Oh my heart falls to my feet every time I read about a teen killed. I think it is mine. I feel so sad and I pray for the family to find peace. Remember me a mom who's twins are taken by the very liar that raped and beat me. That is what I live with every day. So please I know your heart is very heavy and it always will be. Know you did everything with your daughter and I can't. You had a life with her and a raping coward robs me of mine time with my son and daughter daily. I have huge pain bigger than yours. You will be together in heaven forever one day. God keeps you in his arms and consoles everyone that greives this little girl
Victoria

Tampa, FL

#18 Feb 27, 2013
Hi Dev, its been almost 7 years since u were taken from us. I still think about you as u watch over everyone. RIP babygirl. Love you!
CAUTION

Spring Hill, FL

#19 Feb 28, 2013
long term memories avoid healing of scars

yes years pass

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