After his wife filed for divorce, a man killed his family. Learn more about the Southern Utah home shooting and why the suspect killed his own family in detail.
Southern Utah home shooting: Explained
In the US state of Utah, a 42-year-old man shot seven members of his family before killing himself, according to authorities. During a welfare check at the property on Wednesday night near Enoch City, Utah, the family of eight was discovered dead inside a rural home.
The man’s wife, his five children, and his mother-in-law were among the victims, according to the police. The village of around 8,000 people, according to city manager Rob Dotson, was in disbelief.
Who was Michael Haight?
Update on the Utah mass murder. An entire family was murdered believed by father and husband Michael Haight. The 3 adults are Michael and Tausha Haight and Tausha’s mother Gail Earl. The other 5 were the Haights children ages 4-17.
8 family members are gone from domestic/gun violence according to news sources. It’s been reported the wife had recently filed for divorce. A tragedy with 7 innocent lives taken in a blink of an eye. Michael Haight an insurance salesman is suspected of killing his wife Tausha and 6 others in the Enoch Utah home and then taking his own life. Senseless.
Why he killed his own family?
City officials claimed during a news conference on Thursday that 42-year-old Michael Haight shot his wife Tausha, 40, his mother-in-law Gail Earl, 78, and his five children before turning the gun on himself. Three girls, aged 17, 12, and 7, and two boys, aged 4 and 7, make up the group of five kids who were not given names.
According to Rob Dotson, the manager of Enoch City, their bodies were found by police on Wednesday at about 16:00 local time (23:00 GMT), after someone complained that the wife had missed an appointment, leading to a welfare check on the family’s residence.
Geoffrey Chesnut, the mayor of Enoch, claimed that there was a marriage breakdown before to the shooting. According to court records, it appears that the wife filed the divorce case on December 21. He confirmed this to reporters.
A well-known Family
According to the Iron County School District, all of the slain youngsters attended Iron County public schools. On Wednesday, the district informed parents and guardians via email of the “tragic loss.”
According to a district statement, “This tragedy is sure to create many emotions, worries, and questions for our whole school system, especially our pupils.”
Shauna Lund’s statement
Shauna Lund, a spokeswoman for the Iron County School District, called Enoch “a little community” where “schools become family.”
She added that students and staff were in shock “even in schools these students didn’t attend, mainly because so many people knew them,” explaining that “these students go through school together, get to know one another very well.”
As stated by the district, counseling is provided to kids, parents, and school staff “who may need or want guidance or assistance surrounding this loss.” The district’s crisis intervention team was sent to Iron County schools on Thursday.
To create a community crisis center where people can receive assistance “even after school hours,” according to Lund, as well as for those who don’t have access to assistance through the school district, schools are collaborating with other community organizations, such as Southwest Behavioral Health.
Mayor Jeffrey Chestnut and other city officials showed emotion as they gave the media their most recent report. Adding that the Haight family were his neighbors, Mr. Chestnut stated, “It’s not often something like this hits close to home.” The young ones engaged in yard play with my sons, he continued.
A small agricultural community called Enoch City can be found in the state’s southwest, about 245 miles (394 km) south of Salt Lake City. The five kids went to four different schools in the Iron County School District, which issued a statement expressing their sadness.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden expressed their condolences
Since then, the school system has assembled a crisis response team and made therapists and counselors available. Governor of Utah Spencer Cox sent out a message expressing his sympathy to everyone impacted by the “senseless violence”.
In a statement released on Thursday, President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden expressed their condolences and called the incident “a horrible shooting.”
White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre stated in a statement that “less than one month after we marked 10 years since the Sandy Hook tragedy, another mass shooting has claimed the lives of five more children in Enoch City.”
The US National Security Council, among other state and federal administrations, have offered their cooperation, according to Mayor Chestnut. We’re very appreciative that so many people in the world are thinking of us right now, Mr. Chestnut added.
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