"William was my brother when I didn't have my brothers with me," said one of his oldest friends, Jackie Welch. "He would protect me through thick and thin. He would have beaten up any boy for me."
Burton was a passenger riding home with friends Monday, December 11 from a Granite Hills High School football banquet in Alpine. The driver lost control and hit another car head on. Burton was not wearing a seat belt, and was thrown from the vehicle.