Friends mourn mother, children, killed in Spanish Fork
RiRi Whiting, Kelly Boren's best friend and one of the organizers of the vigil, said she was driving to work Friday morning when she heard what had happened.
"It was like a movie. It wasn't real. You just wanted to hit pause and throw it out and not watch it and let it be over," she said.
Whiting said the last time she talked to her friend was about 5 p.m. Thursday when Boren was driving home from work. She said Boren was tired from work and glad it was nearly the weekend and excited to go home. Police believe Kelly Boren was killed a few hours later.
Some people at the vigil said they were aware Josh and Kelly were having marital problems.
"I just think they were at that end of the road where they both wanted to separate. She wanted to go ahead and move along with life," Whiting said.
But there wasn't anyone who thought Josh Boren would take such violent action against his family. Now, those who knew him have mixed feelings about how to remember him.
"Hate, bitter, I'm extremely mad. It's a super selfish act. Coward. I don't know what state of mind a person can be in to do that, especially to children. When children are involved, it just makes me sick," Whiting said.
"I think it's kind of too fresh to really know what my opinions and thoughts will be of him down the road," Bjerregaard said. "Everybody does a lot of good in this world, and it's a shame when we only remember them for something bad. I hope that despite what happened, people will still remember the good times they had with him, the service he provided, the friendships he gave to people. Josh wasn't a bad guy. He was a gentle, personable guy. I don't even necessarily have anger toward him for what he did. I just have disappointment for what he did."
Those who knew Josh Boren said he was a good father.
One person who tearfully defended him was Josh and Kelly Boren's 17-year-old niece, Ashley Ohran.
"It's really hard for me. I was really close to them. I saw them all the time. I lived just right by them. I watched their kids all the time.
"Everybody says how horrible that my uncle was. That's the thing, my uncle was the best person ever. He was a great guy. Nobody knew that this was coming. Nobody was expecting this to happen from him," Ohran said.
"He was a big guy and he was intimidating to people, but he was just a big teddy bear to me. When I was little, he used to let me climb on his arms and lift me up and down. I don't want people to remember the pain that he was in and the mistakes he made. I just want them to remember the guy that he was and how great he was and not all these negative remarks from people. It hurts me and my family. We don't want to hear that about him, because we don't want to remember that about him. We want to remember the good things."
A funeral for Kelly, Haley, and Jaden Boren and Marie King will be held Wednesday in Davis County.
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