Peter Frederick Burke

Peter Frederick Burke

Arizona, USA
Death 5 Apr 1903 (aged 41)
Picacho, Imperial County, California, USA
Burial Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona, USA
Memorial ID 24575278 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Born at La Paz, Arizona County, New Mexico, April 17, 1861. Son of William Henry Burke and Maria Engracia Saustegui. Married Elena Werninger, daughter of W.H. Werninger and Isaac Contreras, at Yuma, A.T., January 26, 1889.

Widely known peace officer, served as Constable and Deputy U.S.Marshall at Yuma, Deputy Sheriff of Yuma County, City Marshal of Yuma, and was Deputy Sheriff of San Diego County, California, at the time of his death.

Died at Picacho, San Diego County, California when shot by Rafael Lopez on April 11, 1903, aged 41. Buried, Catholic Cemetery Yuma. Survived by daughter Engracia Fiol, and wife Elena, who married Joseph Mayne.


Arizona Republican Newspaper April 14, 1903

Rumors of a riot at the Picacho Mine, near Yuma, were received in Phoenix on Monday night but the nature of the disturbance could not be learned. A letter was received yesterday from a gentleman at the mine in which he described the taking of the life of Pete Burke who could have been spared a good while ago. Burke invited his own violent death and precipitated it by the killing of a Mexican named Lopez (Santiago).
The men who had shot Burke and another who had taken an active part in the firing mounted horses and rode in the direction of Mexico. It is not likely that they will ever be brought back for this crime. It is said that he had killed eight men and in nearly every case without provocation.

Imperial Press 18 April 1903 Pete Burke Killed

There was an incipient riot at Picacho last Saturday as a result of which Pete Burke, one of the most notorious citizens of Yuma, was shot and killed after he had killed a Mexican named Santiago Lopez. After the first shooting, Burke was placed under arrest by Constable Billy Horan, but before he could be taken away he was set upon by a large number of Mexicans, who shot a number of times at him, when a brother of Burke's victim finally killed him with a shot at close range. Burke was a native of Yuma and had long been a terror wherever he chanced to be.

Family Members


Sponsored by Ancestry


Planning a visit to Yuma Pioneer Cemetery?



  • Created by: rlahistory
  • Added: 12 Feb 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 24575278
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Peter Frederick Burke (17 Apr 1861–5 Apr 1903), Find A Grave Memorial no. 24575278, citing Yuma Pioneer Cemetery, Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by rlahistory (contributor 46847907) .