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HomeBreaking NewsUtah town grieves murder-suicide that left 8 dead, including 5 children

Utah town grieves murder-suicide that left 8 dead, including 5 children

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Residents of Enoch City, Utah, are left grieving after police said a father shot and killed his seven family members before turning the gun on himself.

Their despair stems not only from the sheer tragedy of that Utah father’s alleged murder-suicide but also from its implications: five chairs empty in local schools; local police officers living with the trauma of discovering eight dead bodies during a routine welfare check; a family now perpetually missing from community events.

A woman leaves flowers outside a home where eight family members were found dead in Enoch, Utah, on Jan. 5, 2023.

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“No one will probably know what was going through the minds of these individuals,” said city manager Rob Dotson, who attempted to summarize the collective grief of Enoch City. “However, we do know that they were our friends, they were our neighbors, and that we loved them.”

Dotson spoke in front of a crowd of journalists on Thursday alongside the city’s mayor, police chief and a representative from the school district. As they tried to provide updates about the tragedy, their voices shook and their eyes glistened in the lighting of the press conference. “It’s not fear,” Dotson clarified; instead, their public emotions embodied the community’s reaction.

“This is what our public feels. Discussing it, talking to each other about it brings out these emotions,” he said.

Dotson noted that the investigation is still ongoing.

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Residents of Enoch City, Utah, are left grieving after police said a father shot and killed his seven family members before turning the gun on himself. A woman leaves flowers outside a home where eight family members were found dead in Enoch, Utah, on Jan. 5, 2023. "No one will probably know what was going through the minds of these individuals," said city manager Rob Dotson, who attempted to summarize the collective grief of Enoch City.

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