Category Archives: Utah

Killed – Rupert E. Miley (Orem, UT)

Rupert E. Miley

Two men have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a driver whose car then crashed through an Orem neighborhood early Tuesday.

Orem police initially thought 42-year-old Rupert E. Miley had died from injuries suffered in the 3:15 a.m. traffic crash. A vehicle was traveling west in the eastbound lanes, when it struck a light pole, plowed into some trees and road signs, and destroyed a fire hydrant, coming to a rest near 200 East and 800 North, said Orem police Lt. Craig Martinez. Miley was found unconscious at the scene and later died at a hospital.

Investigators quickly discovered that Miley had suffered a gunshot wound to the back, Martinez said.

A passenger in the car also was at the scene, with only minor injuries. Mason French, 24, provided details that didn’t match up with evidence at the scene, and officers took him into custody.

A revolver later was found at the scene of the crash. Debris from the collisions was spread over several blocks, forcing police to close down all eastbound lanes through the area Tuesday morning while wreckage was cleared and the investigation proceeded.

Later officers learned a third man, Travis Waldron, 24, also may have been in the car, Martinez wrote. He was arrested on Tuesday afternoon.

Waldron and French both were booked into jail on suspicion of murder and obstruction of justice; Waldron also is suspected of a firearms violation.

Investigators said the incident began about 2 a.m. in the basement apartment where French and Waldron live, according to a police affidavit filed in 4th District Court.

Waldron’s girlfriend told police that French and Waldron “were intoxicated” at the time. She also said that Waldron “was upset at (Miley) over an illegal drug debt,” according to the affidavit.

Detectives believe the men left to go to Miley’s Orem home. They arrived at 2:30 a.m. and pounded on the door. A woman who was living in Miley’s house opened the door, police said.

“(Waldron) was asking for (Miley) and had a bandana partially covering his face and was counting down from 10 for (the woman) to get (Miley) in a stern voice. (Miley) came downstairs and saw the male and said it was Travis Waldron and that he was drunk,” according to the affidavit.

Miley refused to go outside, and the men kept pounding on the door, according to police. When the woman at the door threatened to call police, “(Waldron) told her that would be a bad idea,” the affidavit states.

The men eventually left. About 15 minutes later, Miley also left the house, saying he would be back in a little bit, the report states.

Waldron and French returned to their apartment about 3 a.m. They told Waldron’s girlfriend that “things got serious,” and they got a gun, according to the report.

The girlfriend “tried to convince them to go to bed and not take the gun. (Waldron and French) left the residence on foot around 3 a.m., which coincides with the time of the homicide. (Waldron’s girlfriend) stated that around 3:30 a.m. that (Waldron) had called the home land line and instructed her to leave the home immediately,” according to the affidavit.

Police learned that after Waldron left Miley’s home, the two had exchanged “threatening text messages. This upset (Waldron) and arrangements were made to meet at Harmons grocery to resolve the problem,” according to the report.

Waldron told police he planned to fight Miley or get his money. After the drug debt was seemingly resolved, Waldron and French got into Miley’s vehicle, the report states.

While the three were driving, Waldron claimed that French, who was in the back seat, was holding a gun and it went off, going through the back of the driver’s seat and into Miley’s chest, according to the affidavit. Waldron bailed out of the car while Miley tried to drive to a hospital, but Miley crashed a short time later.

When officers arrived at the crash scene, they found French lying face up on the road near the rear passenger side door, the report stated. He was only wearing one shoe and had slurred speech, according to police.

Inside the car, investigators found a wood baseball bat between the driver’s side door and driver’s seat on the floor, as well as a metal hatchet on the driver’s seat, the report states.

A silver revolver and a shoe were found on the front lawn of a home at 162 E. 800 North. Detectives discovered that the .357 Ruger revolver belonged to French’s father and that French was known to take it from time to time, the affidavit states. Waldron and French live in the basement of the home of French’s father.

Waldron, who had bailed out of the vehicle, told his girlfriend that “he had gotten into an argument with Rupert and pointed the gun at his head,” the affidavit states, but that he handed the gun to French after they got in Miley’s vehicle.

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http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865597443/Duo-in-fatal-Orem-shooting-plead-guilty.html?pg=all

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http://fox13now.com/2013/11/19/1-dead-in-orem-vehicle-crash/

http://www.deseretnews.com/top/2194/57/Rupert-E-Miley-Half-of-Utahs-2013-homicides-involved-family-members-personal-relationships.html

http://utahvalley360.com/2013/11/19/orem-man-dead-after-suspicious-accident/

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Murder/Suicide – Killed – Male Teen – Taylor Wheeler (South Jordan, UT)

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SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – Police have released new details regarding two young boys who were found dead in a Daybreak area home, and authorities are calling the incident a murder-suicide.

According to a press release from the South Jordan Police Department issued Friday, 12-year-old Taylor Wheeler died of a single gunshot wound, and 15-year-old Dayton Gessell died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to the press release, “The Medical Examiner is classifying their findings as a murder suicide.”

The three guns found in the home were determined to be stolen. Police officials said they believe only one of the guns was used in the shooting. Police said they are still waiting on final toxicology results from the Medical Examiner’s Office, but they said there were no drugs or alcohol found at the scene.

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – Months after two teens in South Jordan died of gunshot wounds, police have stated the case is an incident of murder-suicide and offered more details about the events leading up to the deaths.

Sam Winkler of the South Jordan Police Department confirms to FOX 13 News that after investigating they believe the teens were playing with guns stolen by another teen and that one teen accidentally shot the other before taking his own life.

Winkler said after one teen shot and killed the other, the first teen became so grief-stricken that he took his own life.

Winkler said charges have been filed against a 16-year-old who allegedly stole the weapons from a family member. There were several other teens present when the accidental shooting occurred, some of whom immediately contacted authorities. Neither of the deceased lived in the home where the shooting occurred.

The two boys were with a group of five friends playing with three guns in the basement of the home when Wheeler was killed the afternoon of Nov. 15, 2013, said Tina Brown, a spokeswoman for the city of South Jordan. Gessell shot himself after the others ran to get help, a sequence of events that led police to conclude he did it because he was distraught that he caused the death of his friend.

http://fox13now.com/2013/11/22/officials-classify-fatal-shooting-of-2-teens-in-daybreak-as-murder-suicide/

http://fox13now.com/2014/11/06/nearly-1-year-after-shooting-police-offer-new-details-in-deaths-of-south-jordan-teens/

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http://fox13now.com/2013/11/16/police-continue-to-investigate-south-jordan-deaths/

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865614919/Boys-playing-with-stolen-guns-led-to-murder-suicide-police-say.html?pg=all

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/boys-utah-basement-died-murder-suicide-cops-article-1.1528109

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2512708/Boys-12-15-friends-basement-died-horrific-murder-suicide-police-dont-know-shooting-intentional-tragic-accident.html

http://www.good4utah.com/home/story/police-south-jordan-boys-found-dead-was-a-murder-s/d/story/3WntuKCvt0unhB1fNiPdbg

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http://kutv.com/news/local/police-utah-boy-who-killed-self-was-distraught-over-shooting-friend

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http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865590787/Family-friends-remember-South-Jordan-boys-who-died-in-shooting.html?pg=all

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http://www.reviewjournal.com/trending/feed/teen-who-accidentally-killed-friend-shot-himself-out-grief

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/deseretnews/obituary.aspx?pid=168113320

Murder/Suicide – Dead – Male Teen – Dayton Gessell (South Jordan, UT)

Dayton Gessell

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – Police have released new details regarding two young boys who were found dead in a Daybreak area home, and authorities are calling the incident a murder-suicide.

According to a press release from the South Jordan Police Department issued Friday, 12-year-old Taylor Wheeler died of a single gunshot wound, and 15-year-old Dayton Gessell died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to the press release, “The Medical Examiner is classifying their findings as a murder suicide.”

The three guns found in the home were determined to be stolen. Police officials said they believe only one of the guns was used in the shooting. Police said they are still waiting on final toxicology results from the Medical Examiner’s Office, but they said there were no drugs or alcohol found at the scene.

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – Months after two teens in South Jordan died of gunshot wounds, police have stated the case is an incident of murder-suicide and offered more details about the events leading up to the deaths.

Sam Winkler of the South Jordan Police Department confirms to FOX 13 News that after investigating they believe the teens were playing with guns stolen by another teen and that one teen accidentally shot the other before taking his own life.

Winkler said after one teen shot and killed the other, the first teen became so grief-stricken that he took his own life.

Winkler said charges have been filed against a 16-year-old who allegedly stole the weapons from a family member. There were several other teens present when the accidental shooting occurred, some of whom immediately contacted authorities. Neither of the deceased lived in the home where the shooting occurred.

The two boys were with a group of five friends playing with three guns in the basement of the home when Wheeler was killed the afternoon of Nov. 15, 2013, said Tina Brown, a spokeswoman for the city of South Jordan. Gessell shot himself after the others ran to get help, a sequence of events that led police to conclude he did it because he was distraught that he caused the death of his friend.

http://fox13now.com/2013/11/22/officials-classify-fatal-shooting-of-2-teens-in-daybreak-as-murder-suicide/

http://fox13now.com/2014/11/06/nearly-1-year-after-shooting-police-offer-new-details-in-deaths-of-south-jordan-teens/

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http://fox13now.com/2013/11/16/police-continue-to-investigate-south-jordan-deaths/

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865614919/Boys-playing-with-stolen-guns-led-to-murder-suicide-police-say.html?pg=all

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/boys-utah-basement-died-murder-suicide-cops-article-1.1528109

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2512708/Boys-12-15-friends-basement-died-horrific-murder-suicide-police-dont-know-shooting-intentional-tragic-accident.html

http://www.good4utah.com/home/story/police-south-jordan-boys-found-dead-was-a-murder-s/d/story/3WntuKCvt0unhB1fNiPdbg

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http://kutv.com/news/local/police-utah-boy-who-killed-self-was-distraught-over-shooting-friend

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http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865590787/Family-friends-remember-South-Jordan-boys-who-died-in-shooting.html?pg=all

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http://www.reviewjournal.com/trending/feed/teen-who-accidentally-killed-friend-shot-himself-out-grief

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/deseretnews/obituary.aspx?pid=168113320

Murder/Suicide – Killed – Mildred T. Clayton-Kunz (Holladay, UT)

Mildred T. Clayton-Kunz

Investigators believe a Holladay couple whose bodies were found in their home late Wednesday night were victims of a murder-suicide.

Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said Thursday that detectives and forensics personnel worked through the night inside a home in the east 2600 block of Valley View Ave. (about 4800 South), investigating the deaths of 78-year-old Mildred T. Clayton-Kunz and her husband, Larry P. Kunz, 79.

Hoyal said UPD officers were dispatched to the home after a 911 call from relatives about 8:30 p.m. seeking a welfare check on the couple.

“Family members of the deceased had gone over to check on Larry and Mildred Kunz as they had not heard from them for some time,” Hoyal said. “The last anyone talked to them was around the end of October or first of November.”

Getting no response upon arrival, officers forced entry into the home and located the bodies of the couple, dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

Hoyal declined to specify the location of the wounds, though he did say a firearm was found near Larry Kunz.

The bodies of Mildred T. Clayton-Kunz, 78, and Larry P. Kunz, 79, were found Wednesday night in their residence at 2647 E. Valley View Ave. (4810 South). Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said they had been dead for at least several days.

Hoyal said investigators did not find any kind of note that may have been left or other evidence explaining a motive. The Kunzes were reportedly suffering from health problems, Hoyal said, without going into detail about what those were.

Investigators said a gun was located and recovered near Larry’s body. They said they believe Larry shot Mildred before turning the gun on himself.

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http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865590564/Holladay-couple-found-dead-in-apparent-murder-suicide.html?pg=all

http://www.deseretnews.com/top/2194/53/Mildred-Tess-Kunz-Half-of-Utahs-2013-homicides-involved-family-members-personal-relationships.html

http://fox13now.com/2013/11/14/unified-police-investigate-apparent-murder-suicide/

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http://updsl.org/upd-news/upd-investigating-murder-suicide-11-14-13

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http://www.jenkins-soffe.com/obituary/Larry-Tess-Kunz/Holladay-UT/1314758

Murder/Suicide – Dead – Larry P. Kunz (Holladay, UT)

Larry P. Kunz

Investigators believe a Holladay couple whose bodies were found in their home late Wednesday night were victims of a murder-suicide.

Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said Thursday that detectives and forensics personnel worked through the night inside a home in the east 2600 block of Valley View Ave. (about 4800 South), investigating the deaths of 78-year-old Mildred T. Clayton-Kunz and her husband, Larry P. Kunz, 79.

Hoyal said UPD officers were dispatched to the home after a 911 call from relatives about 8:30 p.m. seeking a welfare check on the couple.

“Family members of the deceased had gone over to check on Larry and Mildred Kunz as they had not heard from them for some time,” Hoyal said. “The last anyone talked to them was around the end of October or first of November.”

Getting no response upon arrival, officers forced entry into the home and located the bodies of the couple, dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

Hoyal declined to specify the location of the wounds, though he did say a firearm was found near Larry Kunz.

The bodies of Mildred T. Clayton-Kunz, 78, and Larry P. Kunz, 79, were found Wednesday night in their residence at 2647 E. Valley View Ave. (4810 South). Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said they had been dead for at least several days.

Hoyal said investigators did not find any kind of note that may have been left or other evidence explaining a motive. The Kunzes were reportedly suffering from health problems, Hoyal said, without going into detail about what those were.

Investigators said a gun was located and recovered near Larry’s body. They said they believe Larry shot Mildred before turning the gun on himself.

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http://fox13now.com/2013/11/14/unified-police-investigate-apparent-murder-suicide/

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http://www.jenkins-soffe.com/obituary/Larry-Tess-Kunz/Holladay-UT/1314758

Double Shooting – Killed – Christian Arenas (Salt Lake City, UT)

Christian Arenas

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 23 2013 4:40 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — A 19-year-old man shot earlier this month has died from his injuries.

Christian Arenas died Wednesday afternoon. Arenas and a 20-year-old man were sitting in a car at 405 N. Pamela Way, near Cottonwood Park, just before 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 13, when two unidentified men drove up in a dark green, older-model sport utility vehicle.

Words were exchanged between both parties before shots were fired from the SUV into the other vehicle.

Arenas was taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition. The other man was in stable condition.

Antonio Andino, 34, and Timothy James Ford, 26, each were charged in 3rd District Court with one count of murder, a first-degree felony, in the Oct. 13 shooting of two men.

Police said Christian Arenas, 19, and a 20-year-old man, both reportedly members of a rival gang, were sitting in a Chevy Malibu parked near 405 N. Pamela Way shortly after midnight when Andino and Ford pulled alongside them in a stolen Subaru Forester.

ord then shot at the men with Andino’s gun, striking Arenas in the forehead and killing him and injuring the 20-year-old man, court documents state. Police found five bullet holes in the Malibu.

A third man, who was sitting in the back seat of the Malibu, was hit by broken glass.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865589008/Salt-Lake-shooting-victim-dies.html

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865591188/Two-men-face-murder-charges-in-gang-related-shooting.html?pg=all

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http://slcpd.com/slcpd-secures-warrant-pamela-way/

http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/2013/11/23/2-men-charged-in-gang-related-shooting-death-in-ut/

http://fox13now.com/2013/11/22/police-secure-warrants-for-2-suspects-in-slc-homicide/

Double Shooting – Wounded – Man (Salt Lake City, UT)

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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 23 2013 4:40 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — A 19-year-old man shot earlier this month has died from his injuries.

Christian Arenas died Wednesday afternoon. Arenas and a 20-year-old man were sitting in a car at 405 N. Pamela Way, near Cottonwood Park, just before 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 13, when two unidentified men drove up in a dark green, older-model sport utility vehicle.

Words were exchanged between both parties before shots were fired from the SUV into the other vehicle.

Arenas was taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition. The other man was in stable condition.

Antonio Andino, 34, and Timothy James Ford, 26, each were charged in 3rd District Court with one count of murder, a first-degree felony, in the Oct. 13 shooting of two men.

Police said Christian Arenas, 19, and a 20-year-old man, both reportedly members of a rival gang, were sitting in a Chevy Malibu parked near 405 N. Pamela Way shortly after midnight when Andino and Ford pulled alongside them in a stolen Subaru Forester.

ord then shot at the men with Andino’s gun, striking Arenas in the forehead and killing him and injuring the 20-year-old man, court documents state. Police found five bullet holes in the Malibu.

A third man, who was sitting in the back seat of the Malibu, was hit by broken glass.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865589008/Salt-Lake-shooting-victim-dies.html

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865591188/Two-men-face-murder-charges-in-gang-related-shooting.html?pg=all

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http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/2013/11/23/2-men-charged-in-gang-related-shooting-death-in-ut/

http://fox13now.com/2013/11/22/police-secure-warrants-for-2-suspects-in-slc-homicide/