Zaria Burgess Bio – Zaria Burgess Wiki
Zaria Burgess who was killed by her father slit her throat “after psychologically and sexually torturing her for 22 hours” at his Monroe, N.C., home on Aug. 18, 2019.
Zaria Burgess was 15 years old.
DETAIL OF INCIDENCE:
Following a three-week trial, Joshua Lee Burgess, 35, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of 15-year-old Zaria Burgess.
According to a statement from the Union County District Attorney’s Office, the girl’s father slit her throat “after psychologically and sexually torturing her for 22 hours” at his Monroe, N.C., home on Aug. 18, 2019.
Burgess was also convicted of one count of statutory rape, three counts of a statutory sex offense, and one count of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to the statement.
He received a minimum of nearly 76 years in prison for those offenses in addition to the death sentence.
“This was truly an especially heinous, atrocious, and cruel killing of an innocent child. This case was emotionally taxing for everyone involved. We continue to grieve with and pray for Zaria’s mother,” the Union County District Attorney’s Office said.
Investigators say Zaria was murdered during a weekend visit to her father’s home. Following her death, Burgess walked into the Union County Sheriff’s Office (USCO) and confessed to killing her, telling deputies the girl’s body was still at his house,
Burgess “stole Zaria from her friends, family, and local community,” his statement read. “While we know Zaria is forever gone to us, we hope that today’s verdict helps to bring some closure to Zaria’s family and friends, and we will continue to keep them in our prayers each day.”
Zaria’s cousin Dytaysha Wadsworth said at the time of her death, “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,” WSOC reports.