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Half of Utah's 2013 homicides involved family members, personal relationships (59 items)

By and and , Deseret News

Jan. 2, 2014

About half of Utah's homicides during 2013 occurred between family members or those in personal relationships. These are snapshots of the approximately 50 homicides that occurred this past year.

Utah homicides: Questions in many 2013 cases may never be answered

1 of 59. Theodore Beehakis

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 4 — Two men were found dead in their home as a result of a murder-suicide. Andre Pappas, 70, shot his roommate and partner, Theodore Beehakis, 67, before shooting himself inside their home at 1011 S. 400 East. Police said both men were battling “significant health issues.”

Motive: Health, domestic.

Method: Shooting.

2 of 59. David Urrutia

FORT DUCHESNE, Uintah County, Jan. 7 — Sheriff's deputies were called to the Country Village trailer park for a welfare check. Inside, they found the body of David Urrutia, 38, of Fort Duchesne. Investigators believe he was hit in the head with a metal bar, likely while in bed or on the couch. Urrutia’s cousin, Jose Eduardo Leiva-Perez, 34, was later arrested in California and charged with murder.

Motive: Unknown domestic.

Method: Assault.

3 of 59. Kelly Fay Simons

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 9 — Kelly Fay Simons, 38, was shot and killed by detective Joe Sutera of the Joint Criminal Apprehension Team as she tried to flee from police near Liberty Park, 974 S. 740 East. Law enforcement officers believed she was one of two women involved in a robbery and shootout with Murray police on Jan. 5.

The shooting was determined to be legally justified because she "posed a threat … if her apprehension was delayed."

4 of 59. Iris Rodriguez

SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 8 — Iris Rodriguez, 32, and Felipe Rodriguez, 37, of Salt Lake City, were found dead inside their vehicle on an I-80 off-ramp near Redwood Road in an apparent murder-suicide. Felipe Rodriguez, a passenger, shot the driver in the head and then shot himself, investigators said. The couple had been married 14 years and had a 13-year-old daughter.

Motive: Unknown domestic.

Method: Shooting.

5 of 59. Shaniel Kaye Donaldson

PRICE, Feb. 10 — Shaniel Kaye Donaldson, 32, was shot and killed by her husband, David Scott Donaldson, 37, who then took his own life in their home near 300 South and 600 West. The husband called police about 3 a.m. to report he had shot his wife and planned to shoot himself. Four children were in the home at the time. In 2006, the wife filed a protective order against her husband, but it was dismissed.

Motive: Depression, health, domestic.

Method: Shooting.
1. Beverly
Eden, UT,
Jan. 3, 2014

We fear strangers, but in reality most murders occur in the family or with close friends. We buy guns to protect our family, but often the same gun is used to kill family members.

2. Dibs
Alpine, UT,
Jan. 3, 2014

1-15 years for murder? shocking.

3. Tumbleweed
Centerville, UT,
Jan. 3, 2014

Notice that over a third of the homicides were not committed with a firearm. Gun homicides also included police shootings, self-defense shootings, shootings related to drug and gang activity and suicides or domestic violence. Only about 3 or 4 homicides did not fall into these categories.

This article DOES NOT include the number of incidents where a gun was used to frighten away assailants who were not killed or where no shot was even fired. It also does not include ANY analysis of why Utah's murder rate is one of the lowest in the country. Could it be because of the risk to career criminals because Utahns are so heavily armed in their homes and with legally carried concealed weapons?

4. LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT,
Jan. 8, 2014

Centerville, UT

All the

Doesn't bring one dead person back from those guns.

[BTW - I'm not saying ban guns,
I'm just saying sticking your head in the sand, ignoring or justifying isn't helping anyone.]

5. mcclark
Salt Lake City, UT,
Jan. 27, 2014

@Tumbleweed Another way of saying this is 2/3rds of homicides were committed with a gun. A gun bought to defend the family members who ended up being killed by them.