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Friends mourn mother, children, killed in Spanish Fork

Published: Sunday, Jan. 19 2014 5:53 p.m. MST

Stacy Archuleta and Shawn Andersen hug during a memorial to honor Boren family members in Spanish Fork on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. The bodies of Kelly Boren, 32, Joshua Jaden Boren, 7, Haley Boren, 5, and Marie King, 55, and officer Joshua Boren, 34, were found Thursday night inside their Spanish Fork home.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SPANISH FORK — Kelly Boren was a person who made a big first impression with everyone she met.

"The first time I ever met her she was so nice to me, and I was like, OK, this is somebody I want to be friends with," said Heidi Wolledaek, a workout partner and longtime friend.

"She was instantly someone I'd always remember. She just had that smile that was contagious that I personally wanted to be around. You just don't forget somebody like that, that spirit, that aura, whatever you want to call it. That goodness about them," said Travis Young, who had only met Boren recently.

Between 100 and 150 people gathered Saturday night at Gold's Gym, 795 E. 800 North, to remember and share stories of Boren and her family.

The bodies of Kelly Boren, 32, Joshua “Jaden” Boren, 7, Haley Boren, 5, and Marie King, 55, and Joshua Boren, 34, were found inside their Spanish Fork house, 37 N. 630 West, late Thursday night. Police believe Josh Boren, who was an officer with the Lindon Police Department and had previously worked for the Utah County Sheriff's Office, shot and killed his family in the upstairs area of their house before turning the gun on himself.

By 3 p.m. Saturday, Spanish Fork police had finished collecting evidence and processing the crime scene, taken down the yellow police tape surrounding the property, and released the house back to relatives.

A crew later showed up at the house to begin cleanup. In front of the house, a couple of balloons, teddy bears and flowers were left on the front of the lawn as a makeshift memorial was started.

While the entire Boren family was mentioned during a vigil Saturday night, the focus on was Kelly Boren and her children.

"My heart is really broken. I don't know the reasons exactly (for the killings). I think that she was a sweet girl, funny, very dedicated to her family and kids," said Karin Johnston, a friend and workout partner.

Gold's Gym was Boren's second home. She was a fitness fanatic who entered competitions showing off her toned physique. Both she and her husband were close friends with a group of about 10 people who would often go hiking or go out with each other when they weren't together at the gym.

But James Bjerregaard said whenever the group went out, Kelly Boren insisted it had to be a kid-friendly activity so her children could also attend.

"I think that being a mother was her greatest passion in life. There's nothing that was more important to her than what kind of mother she was. Instead of just going out with the adults, she wanted to make sure it was kid-friendly," he said.

Inside Gold's Gym on Saturday, mourners signed a book, writing down their favorite memories of Kelly, and left photographs of her. The book will be at Gold's Gym until Tuesday and then presented to her father, with whom friends say she had recently reconnected. Kelly Boren's father lives in Syracuse.

Next to the book were pictures of Kelly Boren and her children, some printed on large candles. Mourners left flowers and teddy bears on a table next to the book and candles. Next to the framed pictures of Kelly was one of her heeled shoes she wore during competitions, as well as a Boston Red Sox ball cap.

The song "Drink a Beer" by Luke Bryan was performed before the floor was opened up for anyone to share their memories of Kelly and the children. The vigil ended in the parking lot where candles were lit before a moment of silence, followed by the release of Chinese lanterns into the air, along with purple balloons.

"Kelly was the most amazing, kind-hearted, generous person I've ever met in my life. She made me want to be better," Wolledaek said, wiping away tears. "I don't think I ever heard something negative come out of her mouth about anything."

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