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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SOUTH SALT LAKE, Jan. 24 — The death of Kerry Brown, 42, was initially deemed suspicious by police after the man was found unconscious and critically injured Jan. 19 following a fight near 100 E. Louise Ave. Brown suffered extensive head trauma and was taken to a local hospital, where he died a few days later. Police arrested Tristan Hamel, 20, who lived nearby, for investigation of aggravated assault. Prosecutors declined to file charges against Hamel. Police said Brown was intoxicated and was the aggressor. Hamel punched him once and Brown fell and hit his head.

Motive: Self-defense.

Method: Assault.
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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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