This week, the bodies of a Utah family of eight, including five children, were found shot to death in their home. A news release from Enoch City said that police officers found the bodies of the family members in their home on Wednesday while they were doing a “welfare check.”
The news release said that all of the family members’ bodies were found inside the house and that all of them “seemed to have been shot.” The names of the dead and how old they were have not been made public.
“At this time, we do not believe there is a threat to the public or that there are any suspects at large,” city officials also explained. Authorities haven’t said when the deaths happened, what led to the shootings, or who called for help.
The investigation is still going on at the moment. The city manager of Enoch, Rob Dotson, said Wednesday night that the town is saddened by the deaths of the eight people.
An entire family was found shot to death in Enoch, Utah, a rural town of about eight thousand people located forty-five minutes from here. I know folks who live in and near Enoch. This is unfathomable. I’m spending most of the day in silence.
— Dana Henry Martin (she/they) (@danahenrymartin) January 5, 2023
“It’s hard to describe in words the emotions that are going through the people who live here,” Dotson said in a news conference, per The Washington Post. “We all know this family. Many of us have served with them in church, in community, and gone to school with these individuals.”
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“This community at this time is hurting. They’re feeling loss; they’re feeling pain. They have a lot of questions, which is natural, and they’re here to support” Dotson also said that investigators from Enoch City, Iron County, and Cedar City are working together to figure out what happened.
Bodies of eight family members, all with at least one gunshot wound, discovered inside home in Utah
The exact relationship between the family members was unclear.https://t.co/pnZXH8bbhn
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) January 5, 2023
In a tweet, Utah Governor Spencer Cox wrote, “Our hearts go out to all those affected by this senseless violence.” In a message on Twitter, Utah Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson also expressed her sadness “What a tragedy. I’m praying for the community of Enoch tonight.”
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