Joshua Lee Burgess a suspected white supremacist confesses to murdering his mixed race teen daughter, Zaria Burgess while she was visiting him at his Union County, North Carolina home.
Joshua Lee Burgess, 32, strangled Zaria Burgess, 15, and then slit her throat, officials said in court Monday, WSOC-TV reported.
Officials say Joshua walked into the Union County Sheriff’s Office lobby just before 9:30 a.m. Sunday saying he had arrived to turn himself in, authorities said in a statement posted to Facebook.
Upon a dispatcher asking Burgess’ for his name and searching for possible arrest warrants, the father responded he wouldn’t be in the system after having very recently, ‘just killed someone’.
The man proceeded to then give further details, including the crime scene address and his daughter’s name, authorities said.
Responding deputies found Zaria dead inside the home, and secured the scene until investigators arrived.
Was Zaria Burgess murdered as a result of white supremacist ideology?
ABCNews reported the father murdering the girl while she had been visiting him for the weekend at his Union County home. The girl is understood to have normally stayed with her ‘black’ mother.
‘I think this was as much of a shock to [Zaria’s mother] as it has been to anyone who knows the victim, that it was just out of the blue,’ a spokesman for the Union County Sheriff’s Office told the Daily News. ‘And nobody saw this coming.’
‘She was the type of kid to come in a room [or] come or in a house and say, ‘Hey everybody’ — just wanting to make everybody smile,’ her cousin, Dytaysha Wadsworth, told the TV station. ‘She was so young and nobody deserves to leave this world like that, especially by someone they thought was gonna protect them and be there for them.’
In the days leading up to her death, the Daily News reports Burgess having made multiple Facebook posts about the alleged suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, including one urging men with mental illnesses to speak out.
The dad is being held without bond in the Union County Jail on a first-degree murder charge. Burgess is scheduled to appear in court again next month.
The case has since led to some saying the father being a white supremacist who purposely targeted his mixed race daughter.
Authorities have yet to release an official motive into the father slaying his own daughter.
A suspected white supremacist named Joshua Lee Burgess in North Carolina killed his Black teenage daughter by slitting her throat. This appears to be some type of ritualistic white supremacist killing. pic.twitter.com/1BUBfjOIlD
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) August 20, 2019