Searching for answers

Steve and Dennis Burdick speak about their brother Alan Burdick during a news conference in front of the Joe Max Taylor Galveston Law Enforcement Facility on Friday. Alan Burdick, 54, was found murdered in a parking lot at 69th Street and Seawall Boulevard on April 22.

KEVIN M. COX/The Daily News

GALVESTON — The family of a man found slain April 22 outside an island gas station described the victim as a gentle person, a veteran and a wanderer who called Galveston home for the past 14 years.

Steve and Dennis Burdick called Friday for anyone with information about the death of their brother Alan Burdick, 54, to come forward. 

Detectives are searching for a man known only as “Tim,” a transient believed to have been the last person in contact with Alan Burdick, police Lt. Michael Gray said.

Alan Burdick died of blunt force trauma to the head and was found in the parking lot of a gas station at 69th Street and Seawall Boulevard late on April 22. 

He was a gentle man who had a long life ahead of him, and lived on a boat he had recently purchased, Dennis Burdick said.

A natural handyman, he refurbished boats on the island and had been working on a boat near the parking lot where his body was found, although it’s unclear where he was killed, Dennis Burdick said.

He was also a wanderer frequently in search of things to do, and regularly associated with transients and homeless people on the island, Dennis Burdick said. 

“That was the type of people Alan liked being around, unfortunately,” he said.

Alan Burdick was born in Jackson, Mich., and grew up in Saint Claire Shores, Mich., family members said. He served in the U.S. Army in the late 1970s, and traveled some before following his family to Galveston in 2000.

“He was a bit of a wanderer,” Steve Burdick said. 

“He loved working on things, he loved being near the water.”

Steve Burdick said he last saw his brother in December, and other family members visited Alan Burdick weeks ago to see work he’d completed on a boat.

Alan Burdick had a girlfriend and a family who will deeply miss him, Steve Burdick said.

The family, particularly Alan’s mother, has struggled with the loss, Steve Burdick said.

“It’s almost like a numbing feeling,” he said.

Anyone with information on what led to Alan Burdick’s death is asked to call Galveston police at 409-765-3702.



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Dwight Strain

A picture of Mr Burdick would be helpful. Someone could recognize burdicks face and maybe identify "tim" or others seen with the victim.. surely, as much as burdick was around town, more people would recognize him, and associates, by face than by name

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