Family Confirms ID of One Victim Found in Burned Car

Dallas Fire-Rescue put out a car fire then homicide detectives moved in to investigate two bodies found inside

By Ken Kalthoff
|  Monday, Dec 19, 2011  |  Updated 5:43 PM CDT
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Family and friends are confused over the death of a loved one.

Ken Kalthoff, NBC 5

Family and friends are confused over the death of a loved one.

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Bodies Found in Burned Car

Dallas Fire-Rescue put out a car fire then homicide detectives moved in to investigate two bodies found inside a 2006 Crown Victoria in Oak Cliff.
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Relatives and friends say 20-year-old Steven Govan is one of the victims found dead in a burning car Sunday afternoon in Dallas.

He's a recent graduate of Lincoln High School where he played basketball.

People who knew him visited the place where he died in disbelief.

"He didn't hurt nobody," said cousin Symone Shields.

Neighbors say at around 5 p.m. Sunday, a passing jogger spotted smoke and thought it was a brush fire in the woods near Glen Oaks Boulevard and Town Creek Drive.

"She just asked me if I would call the fire department because there was a fire over there," said Rose Roberts who lives in the area.

Records show Govan had two Dallas County arrests for burglary, one in Lancaster in 2010 and another in DeSoto in 2011.

But relatives say this fall he was attending college near Tyler and had just come home for the holiday break.

"He talked about people in a funny way, he just kept people smiling and laughing," said Shields.

Tonya Cooks confirmed the burned 2006 Crown Victoria towed from the woods belonged to her nephew.

Cooks says Govan had only picked up the other victim, a friend of his, about an hour before the burning car was discovered.

The name of that second victim could not be immediately confirmed with his family.

Dallas Police and the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office are waiting for positive identification of the badly burned bodies with dental records.

Dallas Police say detectives have been interviewing relatives as they try to solve the broad daylight murder and arson.

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