Deseret News exclusive: Caught in the crossfire, a Utah family's harrowing firsthand account of the Kenyan mall massacre

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  • SCMom Spring Creek, NV
    Sept. 29, 2013 7:44 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing this hair-raising experience with us. Kenya seemed so far away when we heard this on the news, but not so when we realize that our Utah neighbors were there and their own neighbors in Kenya were so sadly stricken. Best wishes in the days of healing.

  • Luke Nelson West Valley City, UT
    Sept. 28, 2013 6:58 p.m.

    Followup question: If they were, how would we avoid killing innocent people? It's just not that simple.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Sept. 28, 2013 9:03 a.m.

    I don't care how wonderful an opportunity for employment would seem...if it meant living outside of the United States of America I would never ever do that. My peace and safety is within the boundaries of our Country and no where else.

  • DGDENTON Gainesville, TX
    Sept. 28, 2013 12:46 a.m.

    We must use some common sense. Every citizen must be prepared to protect himself. If the people in the mall were armed, many more could have been saved. Spare me any rhetoric about the dangers of guns. A gun is a tool used to equalize the playing field between terrorist and the innocent citizens.

  • Capt Moroni Perris, CA
    Sept. 27, 2013 4:38 p.m.

    Remember, folks, that murder is the killing of innocents, so we would be justified hunting this group down and eradicating it from the Earth with a Cruise Missle.

  • Giles48 South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 12:55 p.m.

    Great EXCLUSIVE Article DNews!! So glad this family was kept safe during this terrifying situation. It's a sad, scary, crazy world we live in these days.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 10:59 a.m.

    I am glad that this family is safe. I wish we had a peaceful world. Unfortunately leaders like President Obama have failed to grasp our current world. Just this week Obama stated that we are now in the most peaceful time covering the past 5 years. I just don't see it.

  • Christmas Carole LAS CRUCES, NM
    Sept. 27, 2013 10:22 a.m.

    @Liberal Ted
    My feelings are in line with yours...

    @Confused in AZ
    I'm no politician(I'm kind of thinking gratefully so these days..)and I'm not "up to snuff" and details on laws, nor am I Liberal Ted, BUT I do feel as freedom loving societies it is PAST time for "pussyfooting" around with terrorists and get deadly serious with zero tolerance laws and attitudes and do away with keys and prison sentences. They are an EXTREME THREAT to life, living, and ANY sort of happiness or even at ease public life...(or at times EVEN private!).

  • Confused in AZ Chandler, AZ
    Sept. 27, 2013 9:03 a.m.

    Hey, Liberal Ted- I am a liberal, too , and LDS just as this family is. I would like to know your thoughts on exactly HOW to put "an end to the intolerance and hate" as you suggest. We cannot control the teachings of the islamic faith that the terrorists profess to practice. Exactly how do we do what you suggest? We need real solutions and not general tired and much used rhetoric. It is a sad and pathetic world we live in and we must be close to end days as described in Revelations. I fear for my grandchildren and their children in the times to come. I'm very thankful that this family survived and lived to tell about their ordeal. It is bone chilling at the very least.Make yours a happy day!

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 7:00 a.m.

    These aren't just terroists. They are going in and systematically slaughtering people that are not of their faith. This is genocide and ethnic cleansing. They are no better than hitler and the ss squads when they went about their "cleansing" efforts.

    Every freedom loving country needs to be involved in this and put an end to the intolerance and hate.

  • indycrimson Franklin, IN
    Sept. 27, 2013 4:17 a.m.


    Exclusive means they are the sole source or only source for the news.

    Breaking means it just happened

  • InspectorC Wasatch Front, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 12:22 a.m.

    @ sanpaco---

    "...I'm failing to see how this qualifies as Breaking News."

    While the actual attack is now over and the smoke is now clearing, this report IS Breaking News... the first eyewitness, "live report" transcribed back to the DesNews from a Utah native who was there to witness the event!!! This first-person report is "hot off the press, baby!"

    This is NOT the type of story you sit and cool your heels over; and just wait for it to run in tomorrow's print edition. You "break" this type of news --day or night-- the *instant* it is available to send.

    Anyway... what a compelling story. So glad these folks are safe and sound! Thanks, DNews, for getting this breaking story out on the web at the earliest opportunity.

  • sanpaco Sandy, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 10:22 p.m.

    Great story and article and thanks for sharing... but I'm failing to see how this qualifies as Breaking News.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 9:54 p.m.

    Thankfully, this family was spared.

    There is much to be learned from their experience, especially situational awareness, being alert to possible escape routes, emergency communications, and the fact that terrorist attacks are not only possible, but almost inevitable, even here in the U.S. The Trolley Square killings by a single individual pale in comparison to what a team of suicidal killers might do.

    Every mall in the U.S. should remove their "defenseless victim zone" gun ban signs and allow customers who are properly licensed to carry their self defense weapons. No, a single armed individual will not stop a determined terrorist attack, but they may be able to distract the bad guys, or maybe even take one out and thus enable their own escape, or delay the bad guys momentarily, slowing the carnage while police professionals are en route.

    People really need to think about if they want to get a concealed weapon permit. And, having a tool alone is not enough, they really should get some good training on how to use it in an emergency situation.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Sept. 26, 2013 9:24 p.m.

    Glad you are all safe. What an experience. I'm especially sad for those who lost loved ones.

    Extremism comes in all shapes and sizes--threatening the stability and safety of society.
    We must work together to stop it.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 8:49 p.m.

    Wow! Thanks for sharing this story. Nothing like bringing it home than to have a fellow Utahn in the middle of things with a play by play account.

    I am glad you are safe.

    The darkest clouds in the history of the world are gathering on the horizon.

    It is for sure time for us all to stick together and help each other every day. We need to love every single day that we have.