Thomas Laperch arrest: Murdered musician William Burchett robbed, stabbed, burned (44)

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Big photos, video below.
Update: Yesterday, we told you about the arrest of Thomas Laperch after an arson call turned into a homicide investigation; see our previous coverage below.

Now, the victim in the incident has been identified as William Burchett, a 54-year-old musician best known for his work with a local band called the Resonatorz. Look below for more about Burchett, including posts by those who loved him, as well as additional details about the crime from the arrest affidavit.

Here's a photo of the Resonatorz from their Facebook page (the band's name is spelled with an "S" at the end in the page's title, a "Z" in most other places), with Burchett front and center:

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Burchett's own Facebook page features plenty of pics as well, including a series of shots taken during a 2013 trip to Europe. Here's one....

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...and one more:

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Most poignant, though, is a shot placed on the Resonatorz's page on Sunday. The caption reads: "Love is all there is."

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Unfortunately, the end of Burchett's life was not loving in the slightest.

Continue for more about the investigation into William Burchett's death, including additional photos and a video.


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MDgirl
MDgirl

I live in MD and I actually knew Thomas I met him years ago. Another mutual friend posted about this in disgust, as we all are here back in MD. I would have never suspected he would do something like this, but that is unfortunate he turned out like that. Very sad. My condolences to the friends and family of the victim, I hope justice is served.

mrfrodomojorisin2011
mrfrodomojorisin2011

Sad Sad Sad...Billy & I shared a love for Music especially Neil Young. We had many late night conversations and good times...So long friend you'll be missed by many. Heartfelt thoughts and vibrations go out to family and friends.

Anthony B Garcia
Anthony B Garcia

Hope this waste of oxygen gets the needle! Looks like an asshole with those dredds!

Anthony B Garcia
Anthony B Garcia

WTF does this bullshit have to do with this tragedy??? Jerk off!

Whitney Williams
Whitney Williams

He should of kept his ass in Maryland. This is really unfortunate. Praying for William's family and friends.

SilenceKit
SilenceKit

If I'm going to be 100% honest here, "douche" is the primary characteristic that comes to mind for me with regard to white guys with dreads. 

mkgrimes32
mkgrimes32

I looked at the comments on this article to see if anyone was commenting on my friend who lost his life.  Cant any of you get past the first sentence ...  a man was murdered and burned.


Brenda Lott
Brenda Lott

Wow. Just wow. Westword has become a racist rag????

Tomas Rodriguez
Tomas Rodriguez

What? Are there no French Canadians that are black? What do you mean they don't play hokey...oh yeah, they play basketball!

Steve Padilla
Steve Padilla

I don't usually expect a black guy to be good at hockey is that racist??

Dread
Dread

You lib-tards have to stop with the racism sensitivity already. Most of the murder suspects that don the pages of the Westword are meth-head looking ex-con's and minority gang members......If this FACT frightens you, help change the world you live in or STFU....You don't see a smiling dread-locked white boy charged with murder every day.....I don't see the controversy here...Unless you are a modern day lib-tard who has lost touch with reality.

Patrick O'Smitty
Patrick O'Smitty

who the hell works at westword now: racist idiots who are obsessed with phish.

Christy Articola
Christy Articola

So while I don't think it's racist necessarily, it's just stupid. C'mon westword get it together and stop letting your interns run your Facebook page

Christy Articola
Christy Articola

@charles - I can think of like fifteen hardcore bands that have white guys with dreadlocks in them. Are they laid back mellow dudes? I think they'd be insulted if you said they were...

Charles Cranston
Charles Cranston

Wow! Victims much? Whole point missed? "White dudes with dreadlocks you usually don't think of a murderer. " That doesn't mean to say that if you think of someone else with dreadlocks you do. When you think of white dudes of dreadlocks, you should think of a laid back mellow dude, plays hacky sack, smokes weed, jams out, and has friends of all stripes, races, and colors. You should NOT be acting like a bunch of mentally repressed children, thinking how you can fight, or be a victim about it. Just like when I think of middle-aged white dudes driving a pick-up truck wearing a baseball cap, I usually think of a racist, "open-carry" advocate, itching to express his rights by killing someone.

waveyjones
waveyjones

 "Certain characteristics immediately come to mind for folks in this area when it comes to white guys with dreads -- and murder investigations aren't among them." ummm this article started out with the most racist introduction ever maybe...wow..

Jo Se Ph
Jo Se Ph

Proof that not just white people are racist? @davina van buren...I read your comment and lost another tiny shred of hope for humanity

Ross McAfee
Ross McAfee

"They're just saying what everyone else is thinking"?? Congratulations, you sir, are #racist. They're just saying what every RACIST person is thinking.

Pete Copeland
Pete Copeland

And, I will also say that I do not agree with the bold statement that only "people of color" have valid opinions about these matters, even though I have been grouped in with white folks, my opinions are just as valid as any persons.

Pete Copeland
Pete Copeland

Well, when I think more about this, it's the assumption that people are making that the suggested alternative to this is a "black guy with dreads" that Is racist isn't it? This statement is more of a stereotype of "white people with dreads" than anything. But, regardless, the westword is blowing it hard these days.

Davina van Buren
Davina van Buren

Wow how racist of you. And if you didn't think that was racist, you're probably not a person of color so ur opinion does not matter. Haven't read a Westword in forever and now I remember why...y'all are poor excuses for "journalists". Stick to selling pot ads, please. Y'all are obviously not ready for big boy journalism.

Jen Ant
Jen Ant

To be fair. The las few major mass shootings have been white guys- and the Media typically only makes a point to report race when they are Hispanic/ middle east and black. So yes - he is white - but does that really change his crime? An ass is an ass, is an ass. Taking anyone's life is an awful thing regardless of your colour.

Christy Articola
Christy Articola

Why wouldn't you expect a white guy with dreads to be a murder suspect? Who is making these posts and why aren't they being run by someone else first as well? Embarrassing...

Stephanie Mondragon
Stephanie Mondragon

If he was a black man with dreads then you would expect it???? Disgusting!! Who the hell at Westword got the ok to post this racist message?!?!!!

Kate Honas
Kate Honas

When I read that I didn't think race at all until I read the comments, I was thinking more of the hippy, pothead type.

Nick Wilson
Nick Wilson

Looks like most of the people commenting (myself included) actually weren't thinking that, which just makes you plain racist.

Nick Moncivais
Nick Moncivais

Wow guys it could be a lot worse, I find nothing about this racist but I find you guys sensitive pussy's

Bret Egan
Bret Egan

Why is everyone so upset at Westword's choice of language? Westword is chalk full of sensible liberal minded people. It is clearly OK for them to write such obviously racist statements because they suckle from the Teet of Politically Correctness. If a conservative minded publication wrote that, there would be a movement to brand the writer a racist and target Westword's advertisers.

Steve Padilla
Steve Padilla

So he writes what most everybody else is thinking and everybody judges and criticizes him??

Jeremy Bronson
Jeremy Bronson

Took a screen shot to post later after someone with a brain at Westword pulls this racist, ignorant crap off Facebook.

Traci Thompson
Traci Thompson

The writers at westword really need to be called out. There have been many stories on here where they v have eluded to and said the craziest shit.I need to take them off my news feed

Gwen Bonilla
Gwen Bonilla

WTF? But we would expect it of...? don't think there's a good way to go there.

Patrick Greaney
Patrick Greaney

"We don't usually expect a white guy with dreads to be a murder suspect" ???????????????

Lisa Garcia
Lisa Garcia

What an ignorant and racist comment westword!

c0reysc0tt
c0reysc0tt

@SilenceKit Exactly.  My issue isn't that the Westword used the stupid racial comment (although that was a hopelessly poor decision as well).  It's that they suggest a white dude with dreads would be the last person you'd expect to do something bad, which is pretty far from true.

c0reysc0tt
c0reysc0tt

Mostly I think of a stinky asshole I'd love to get away from, but also someone who thinks the normal rules of society are "harsh" and to keep far enough away not to smell but close enough to keep an eye on at a party.  See?  Stereotyping is probably not a very good way to convey an idea.

LibTardsInParadise
LibTardsInParadise

you're definitely a racist yourself. probably living in lib-tard paradise.

ogghandi
ogghandi

"Your probably not a person of color so ur opinion does not matter" = racist as f***

Really bitch?! Hahaha you gonna start off your "offended by racial comments" rant

With a racial comment!!!!!!!!

whodoneit
whodoneit

Michael Roberts, the author, has worked at Westword for. . . at least 20 years?

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