Neighbors in shock following double homicide in Hillman Garden community of Birmingham

Birmingham Police said man is charged in the death of his son and mother.
Published: Apr. 4, 2022 at 8:21 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 5, 2022 at 5:00 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: The Birmingham Police Department reports detectives have obtained a warrant for an arrest in connection to the murders of Cynthia Burt and Desmond Burt Jr. which occurred on Sunday, April 3, 2022, at 4909 Hillman Drive Southwest.

Cynthia was Desmond’s grandmother.

The suspect has been identified as:

Desmond Burt Sr., (31), B/M, of Birmingham, Alabama. Officers said Desmond Burt Sr. is Cynthia’s son and Desmond Jr.’s father.

Desmond Burt Sr.
Desmond Burt Sr.(Birmingham Police Department)

Birmingham Police Detectives presented information on the case to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. After an assessment of the information, detectives obtained warrants for two counts of Capital Murder.

Desmond Burt Sr. was taken into custody at the initial scene. He will be in the custody of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office with No Bond.

ORIGINAL: Birmingham police are still investigating a double murder involving a grandmother and her 3-year-old grandson.

The Jefferson County Coroner has identified them as 62-year-old Cynthia Delane Burt and Desmond Burt, Jr., both from Birmingham.

Several neighbors and even police who knew Cynthia Burt said she was a wonderful woman who pretty much kept to herself and didn’t bother anyone.

They’re still reeling about all of this and can’t understand why anyone would want to hurt her or her grandson.

An empty chair sits on the porch of 4909 Hillman Drive SW.

It’s the spot neighbors would often find Cynthia Burt on a warm spring day, but sadly she won’t be seen resting there anymore.

“Very great, loving person. Would look out for anybody, would give anybody her last. Even if she ain’t have it to give, you wouldn’t know because she’s going to make it seem like she’s got it,” said next door neighbor, Jay.

He met Ms. Burt back in September when he first moved into the house right next door.

He didn’t want to give his last name, but said Burt was like a mother to him, and was the first person in the neighborhood to make him feel welcome.

“It’s going to feel totally different to have to walk out my door and look at her house and not see her back up out her driveway, or come down the street saying, ‘Hey, how ya doin? You need anything?’ it’s going to feel very different,” Jay said.

Just a few doors down, Reginald Miller is still trying to make sense of what happened.

He and Burt had a friendship that spanned nearly four decades.

“[deep sigh] It’s still going through my mind. The gut wrenching…the tragedy of something like this happening to a grandmother and a grandchild. Who could express the grief and my concern is for the grief of the family. There’s no end to the grief they will feel for years to come,” Miller said.

Birmingham Police found Burt and her grandson unresponsive in a back room of the house Sunday afternoon.

Family members asked police to check on them when they couldn’t be reached.

Neighbors are left with more questions than answers.

“No child deserves what happened to that child. No child. No elderly woman deserves nothing like that,” Jay said.

Police and neighbors are pleading with anyone with information to come forward.

You can submit tips anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at (205) 254-7777.


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