Among the 49 killed in the Orlando gay night club last weekend was Darryl “DJ” Burt, an Amelia County native who had been living in Jacksonville for the last few years.
Burt, 29, was born here in the Commonwealth but had since moved to Florida where he had just completed his Masters Degree from DeVry University. Burt had been working as a veteran’s financial aid representative at Keiser University in Jacksonville. The school’s Chancellor, Arthur Keiser, sent a statement to the Times-Dispatch after news broke about his death.
“Darryl was a highly respected member of the KU team,” Keiser wrote. ”His contributions to our students and his colleagues will not be forgotten.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover the expenses for Burt’s funeral. It’s about halfway to its $30K goal by press time.
“It is with great sadness that I share with you that this tragedy has affected the JCI Florida community not simply because it is an atrocity that occurred in our state, but because this attack took one of our own members; Darryl Roman Burt II,” reads the GoFundMe page written by Kelly Riggles, State President for the volunteer group the Jaycees. “During this time of need, please keep Darryl’s family, friends, and the members of the Jacksonville Jaycees in your thoughts and prayers.”
The TD also confirmed a funeral services for Burt at noon on June 25 at Amelia County High School at 8500 Otterburn Road. He’s to be buried at Manassa Hill Baptist Church, according to V.Y. Scott Funeral Home in Amelia.
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