Half of Utah's 2013 homicides involved family members, personal relationships

Published: Thursday, Jan. 2 2014 5:32 p.m. MST

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LAYTON, Dec. 22 — Jill Pepper, 37, and her husband, Bret Pepper, 39, were found dead in their home, 580 N. Franklin Road, of an apparent murder-suicide. Their daughter, home from college for the holidays, told police she heard gunshots, prompting her to check on her parents. Police said Bret Pepper shot his wife before turning the gun on himself. The couple’s three children, including boys ages 10 and 13, were home at the time.

Motive: Unknown domestic.

Method: Shooting.
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Beverly
Eden, UT

We fear strangers, but in reality most murders occur in the family or with close friends. We buy guns to protect our family, but often the same gun is used to kill family members.

Dibs
Alpine, UT

1-15 years for murder? shocking.

Tumbleweed
Centerville, UT

Notice that over a third of the homicides were not committed with a firearm. Gun homicides also included police shootings, self-defense shootings, shootings related to drug and gang activity and suicides or domestic violence. Only about 3 or 4 homicides did not fall into these categories.

This article DOES NOT include the number of incidents where a gun was used to frighten away assailants who were not killed or where no shot was even fired. It also does not include ANY analysis of why Utah's murder rate is one of the lowest in the country. Could it be because of the risk to career criminals because Utahns are so heavily armed in their homes and with legally carried concealed weapons?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Tumbleweed
Centerville, UT

All the
Twisting,
turning,
squeezeing,
skwirming,
rationalizations,
or
justifying....

Doesn't bring one dead person back from those guns.

[BTW - I'm not saying ban guns,
I'm just saying sticking your head in the sand, ignoring or justifying isn't helping anyone.]

mcclark
Salt Lake City, UT

@Tumbleweed Another way of saying this is 2/3rds of homicides were committed with a gun. A gun bought to defend the family members who ended up being killed by them.

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