Crime & Justice

8 from same family found shot dead in Utah home

Washington, Jan 6 (EFE).- Eight people, including five minors, from a family were found shot dead in a Utah home in the United States, authorities said.

Police found the bodies of five minors and three adults on Wednesday while conducting a home welfare check in Enoch, a small town of about 8,000 people located some 400 km (nearly 250 miles) south of Salt Lake City.

Local authorities did not immediately release details about the deceased or the circumstances that led to their killings.

“At this time, we do not believe there is a threat to the public or that there are suspects on the run,” police said in a statement.

Enoch City Manager Rob Dotson said the news of the eight deaths from the same family had shocked the community.

Dotson said a welfare check is typically done on a home when neighbors raise concerns or have not seen a resident for long.

He said the family was popular in the town, and its members had served with people “in church, in the community, and gone to school with these individuals.”

“The most important thing that we can say right now is that this community is feeling remorse and pain. There are friends and neighbors and family members who are hurting because of this incident.”

He said the authorities did not know why this happened. “We’re going to continue the police investigation.”

The deceased children attended the Iron County School District.

The school sent a note to parents, saying they were shocked by the incident and that it will trigger “many emotions, concerns, and questions for our entire school district, especially for our students.” EFE


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