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Published: Monday, May 27 2013 7:25 p.m. MDT

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Sandy, UT

Very difficult and sad situation for this family. My heart goes out to them.

Over two thousand people in the United State are stabbed to death each year. Were are the calls for background checks before a knife can be purchased? Does not make much sense does it.

15% of parents with children 5 to 17 sought out mental help professionals for help with their children in 2012.

Its complex and difficult to understand. But a better understanding is needed to help prevent bombs going off at public events, slaughters at elementary schools, and heart breaking deaths at homes.

Riverside, CA

My heart aches for this family. Prayers go out.

Another Perspective
Bountiful, UT

Am curious. How is it that a juvenile suspect in this instance has his face publicly shown, and his family name given out along with his exact age, but in other cases where law is broken, juveniles identities are not made public?

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Hatch: Stop making this about you and your anti-gun control thoughts.

heidi ho
Fort Collins, CO

God bless all the beautiful children in the world. God bless this heartbroken family.

Sneaky Jimmy
Bay Area, CA

There for the grace of God.... How does it happen? Where does a child get the idea or learn how to stab another human? Maybe we as a society should say we have had enough violence in our entertainment. Very sad situation.


Yes, it is very sad. Jim, I think the phrase meant was "There *but* for the grace of God...(go I)."

(I used not to know what that means, but now I know that it means something like, "Perhaps if it weren't for God's grace, I could've been in that situation." Right?)


West Jordan, UT

@Another Perspective - This particular young man has made the news before when he went missing a few years ago and turned up at a local fast food restaurant. Also, I believe when the mother came home and found the two boys dead and he wasn't home, they put out a public alert to find him since he was supposed to be home.

Sandy, UT

Ease their pains. It was sad that they have been exposed in public and they should have been kept private in their lives. Wish them well and in some way in recovery.

Riverside, CA

Sneaky Jimmy,

I hesitate to make any comment other than to express profound remorse at this point, but I agree with you. I can't help believing there is something in video games or other media that is putting these unspeakable thoughts in kids' minds. This case is eerily similar the the 12 year old who stabbed to death his younger sister in California a month or so ago. Heartbreaking beyond words.

Riverside, CA

I should have used to word allegedly in my comment above.

Heidi T.
Farmington, Utah

Another Perspective, I had the same questions. This tragic situation needs all investigation in compliance with young people's violations of the law. Lord, have mercy on his family.

Salt Lake, UT

@Hatch, no offense, but I found your use of this tragedy to make a political statement in poor taste. I am referring, of course, to your assertion that we should now call for a registery of those who buy knives. Besides being absurd, your political jab was fairly insensitive to the family. Have you even considered what they must be goiung through or are you more focused on advancing a political agenda? While political commentary has its place and while you have the freedom of speech to express your opinion, perhaps you could find a more fitting venue to do so.

Gail Fitches
Layton, UT

My heart is breaking for this family. My heart aches for the boy who did this. I cannot help but wonder if medications, vaccinations, or something environmental messed up his brain, being as he had a speech impediment. It sounds like the parents have a really big heart, and were good parents. I hope they get this young boy the help he needs and counseling, without drugging him. My prayers have been with this family, because they have lost children. :'(

Average, SE

He should be tried as a juvenile. While the killings are horrendous, we don't need to stick a 15 year old in the adult prison system.

@Syd: Hatch was not calling for a knife registry; he/she was being facetious. Further, events like this are, unfortunately, politicized (they should not be - most of the time - but they are). Tragedies always get turned political: Columbine, 9/11, Katrina, Sandy Hook, Sandy, and so forth have all been used by those on the left and right (usually most vociferously by the left) to further political agendas. Hatch was merely pointing out hypocrisy in politicization of issues like this.

Bountiful, UT

The father only commented on condition that his first name not be used?? I wonder how many people there are in that area named Vidinhar. Or does he live somewhere outside of UT where Vidinhar is a common surname...

Vancouver, WA

My heart goes out to this family. I know the loss of a child and how bad it hurts. But to loose 3 all at one time.
I agree that video games, music and movies, even children movies have brought this upon our society.
But, I also believe that the Medical doctors and Mental health profession has failed us also. There are so many people that seek help for their children and the Mental health doctor says here take a pill. Or a Medical Doctor doesn't even take the time to see the issues with kids because they are thinking about the last patient or the next patient.
Make it a priority for the Doctors to take a good look at our kids when they are young and get them the help they need then. Not when they kill someone, not when they have already started taking drugs to ease the pain and the stress of daily life. When our kids are young and we can still get help for them.
My prayers are with this family. I am so sorry we have failed you.

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