Grim tally: The faces of Utahns who died at the hands of others in 2012

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 1 2013 2:47 p.m. MST

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Ogden City Police Department
OGDEN, Jan. 5 — Ogden police officer Jared Francom, 30, was shot and killed while serving a search warrant with the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force at 3268 Jackson Ave. Five other officers were shot and injured during the melee. Matthew David Stewart, 38, was charged with capital murder and numerous other crimes. He claims he was groggy and thought someone was breaking into his home when he opened fire. Police claim he'd told a girlfriend that if officers ever tried to raid his home-grown marijuana operation, he'd "go out in a blaze of glory and shoot to kill." No trial date has been set.

Alleged motive: Unknown.

Method: Shooting.
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Nan BW
ELder, CO

So many of these killings were the result of "arguments." Self-control is the lesson of life, but it is a much neglected practice. There seems to be greed, jealousy and self-centeredness involved in many of the tragic deaths as well. The most pathetic of all are acts against children. We have a long way to go as a "civilized" nation to qualify as that. Alcohol, drugs and partying are also factors, sad in the extreme.

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

Love, not guns, is the answer to violence.

South Jordan, UT

But in the absence of love, self defense is the next best answer.

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