Relatives, friends bid tearful farewell to slain Spanish Fork family

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22 2014 3:52 p.m. MST

Friends and relatives of the Boren and King families attend the funeral services for Kelly Boren, Joshua "Jaden," Haley and Kelly Boren's mother, Marie King, at Lindquist Mortuary in Layton on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Lindon police officer Joshua Boren killed his wife, children and mother-in-law and then took his own life in their Spanish Fork home on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.

LAURA SEITZ, Deseret News

LAYTON — Jaden Boren was a roughhousing boy's boy, full of energy. But friends and family members remember that the 7-year-old also gave the best hugs.

His sister, 5-year-old Haley "Bug," was a girly girl who loved to dress up and was always ready to strike a pose for the camera.

On Wednesday, friends and relatives filled the Lindquist Mortuary Chapel, 1878 N. Fairfield Road in Layton, to pay their final respects to a Spanish Fork family whose lives were tragically taken too soon.

Funeral services were held for Kelly Boren, 32, her children Joshua "Jaden" and Haley, and Kelly Boren's mother, Marie King, 55. All four were killed by Kelly's husband — the children's father — Joshua Boren on Thursday. Boren, 34, committed suicide after the killings. The only hint of a motive given by police as of Wednesday was that Josh and Kelly — who were living in separate homes at the time — were having marital problems.

Tears flowed often during a somber hourlong service as several people stood at the chapel podium to share their memories of the loving mother, her children and their grandmother.

Framed pictures and mementos from the family lined the front of the chapel, including a purse, a cowboy hat, a toy ATV, and an award from one of Kelly Boren's fitness competitions. Nearby, in an overflow room, four coffins stood with flowers on top.

King's brother, Nigel McIntosh, said her family was close, and they loved taking camping trips together as children.

McIntosh was also one of several people who made reference to his English-born sister's spunk.

"She loved a night out," McIntosh said with a laugh in his British accent, remembering his sister in her younger days and her enjoyment of a night on the town. He also recalled how his sister rebelled at school.

"She didn't like being told what to do," he said.

In recent years, she had become a "very proud Nana," McIntosh said, always showing off pictures of her grandchildren.

After meeting some of his sister's American friends over the past couple of days, "I can now see why she would not want to move back to the UK," he said.

McIntosh lamented how the family was taken "so fast" and "so unforgivable." But he said his sister was the type who would want everyone to not worry about her.

Two of King's coworkers remembered how she had bought them lunch earlier that week. One woman, Megan, tearfully read a letter that she wrote to King on the day of her death.

"I called your phone too many times and prayed you left it on the counter," she said. "I drove to your house and saw so many police cars.

"I will never feel your hugs or words of encouragement in your amazingly beautiful accent," Megan cried. "I have a broken heart today. I called your phone today one last time to hear your voice and say goodbye."

Another co-worker said he'd continue writing notes to King on her Facebook page.

"Maybe there's a Facebook in heaven," he said with a smile.

Kelly Boren was remembered as a kind-hearted person who always took care of others, whether it was her parents or her children, until the day she died. At a young age she took on the responsibility of caring for her parents and grew up quickly, especially after her mother became sick with cancer. And despite a brief strained relationship with her parents after moving to Utah, she became a dedicated career woman and someone whom her father couldn't stop bragging about, said Tracy Miller, an aunt.

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