'Life is not the same anymore' for family of slain teen, father says

2 ordered to stand trial in death of 16-year-old

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  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 21, 2013 2:14 p.m.

    As I read this tragic story I was reminded of what that neighborhood has become and how much better it was when I lived there 50+ years ago.

    Even then it was considered the tougher part of SLC, but until the mid 60's it was still a pretty decent place to live and grow up. The transition to the seedy red-light type of place it is now picked up pace after about 1965 when a small motel at about 1400 S. on State St. was turned into a halfway house for drug addicts and others coming out of prison. Within just a few weeks incidents of thefts and break-ins were noticeably more frequent and serious. Ironically, I think the bulk of the offenses were perpetrated by visitors to the halfway house rather than the occupants themselves, though they committed their fair share of crimes.

    I'm very sorry for the family of this boy, and to see that the neighborhood decline continues.

  • Hey It's Me Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 21, 2013 10:20 a.m.

    Moving doesn't help! If they want to find a partying crowd they will find it anywhere. They will also stay in touch via social media. Sorry to hear of the young man's death. Maybe parents should start before the kids are 16 or 17 trying to teach them how to be a young man or young lady. It started for me when they were first learning to walk and talk. My kids learned please and Thank you before they were two. They learned to give hugs and kisses and how to wake up on the happy side of the bed. You must communicate with your kids their entire life. They are never to young to have a "little talk". I also checked to make sure where my kids said they were going was safe and that they were really there. I wasn't the cool mom that wanted them to be popular, I wanted them to grow up safe and make good choices. My prayers are with the family of the handsome young man.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Sept. 21, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    Norvert Wilson should have moved, to get his young son away from the crowd he was moving with.

    A 16-year-old at an adult party? Really?

  • dale richards Green River, Utah
    Sept. 21, 2013 8:30 a.m.

    This individual should get the death penalty and ten
    years isn't good enough. The others should get life.
    But wait our judicial system will have them all
    Out within ten years if that long.