Friends mourn mother, children, killed in Spanish Fork

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  • InspectorC Wasatch Front, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 2:37 p.m.

    To: Kelley, of Spanish Fork, 8:55 AM, on 1/20/14----

    Q: What were you referring to when you stated that Josh Boren's "...past [came] back to bite him.." ??

    I'm NOT asking you to reveal confidential or personal secrets of Josh's; but since YOU publicly mentioned issues from his "past", there must be other commonly-known facts "in the public domain", which the press has chosen not to publish.

    So, while being sensitive to the victim's memory... what were you referring to?

  • EnglishAlan Rugeley, Staffs
    Jan. 21, 2014 7:39 a.m.

    I am hugely saddened at the loss of life in this tragedy. It is always so sad to see when lives are taken, and children especially so. Emotions run high, and caring people make statements that usually they would not. Can I please remind those who comment that members of both families may well read what you write. Please be mindful of their feelings. Surely, gun-laws are better discussed at other times, and in other places.

    None of us know the state of mind of Josh Boren at the time this happened. None of us know what was in his heart. Please let us leave judgement to the Lord. One of my sons is a Policeman in the UK, and I know he experiences many horrendous things. Different people cope in different ways. Some share feelings with those that are close, and some are not built that way. I will not judge this young man unkindly. My heart goes out to both families, and my prayers go Heavenward for them. I have faith and trust that there is a God in heaven, and that he judges fairly, and with total knowledge. Please trust His Judgement. Ours is not needed.

  • Sinew South Centennial, CO
    Jan. 21, 2014 7:04 a.m.


    If you think it's bad that law abiding citizens have the right to bear arms, wait until they don't! See places where guns have been removed and violent crimes actually INCREASE. My heart goes out to all affected by this tragedy. May the prince of peace provide you with comfort during this trying time.

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    Jan. 20, 2014 9:15 p.m.

    Too many people here being so judgemental. Seems like everyone thinks they know it all. Let's pray for peace for all the families involved and let the greater one be the judge..

  • moniker lewinsky Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 20, 2014 8:25 p.m.

    How much simpler would life be if "good" people always did good or if "bad" people always did bad. It's sad that this is not the case. The confusion resulting from this truth becomes nearly unbearable when those we know to be incredibly good mess up in horribly inconceivable ways. I've been forced to learn, through incredibly painful means, a couple things in the last 12 months: first, it's very possible for an incredibly good person to make choices that can inflict seemingly unbearable pain on those they love the most. Also: depression lies. It lies to the point that we can often believe with absolute certainty that things will never be good or fixable or tolerable again. It can even convince us that death is the only merciful escape.
    If I believed in a God, and these are the moments I wish I did, I would pray for peace for the Boren family. But since I can't, all I can offer is my own personal hope, along with the knowledge that most of us are defined by much more than our best and worst choices.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Jan. 20, 2014 7:39 p.m.

    Such sadness is in my heart for friends and extended family members. It's difficult to find words. Nothing justifies the horrible action of what this man did. What caused him to do this heinous thing? I know for sure the Mother and her two children are in the hands of God and I absolutely wouldn't want to be in the shoes of the husband/father who took their innocent lives..there is a penalty for murder in heaven. This is heartbreaking.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Jan. 20, 2014 2:15 p.m.

    To those defending and excusing the actions of the person who committed the murders I would say that it isn't necessary. Nobody that has good in them could do this to their own innocent children.

  • kiddsport Fairview, UT
    Jan. 20, 2014 1:25 p.m.

    Considering the perpetrator's size, it could have just as easily been a knife, a baseball bat, or a rope. All those forms would have involved a much greater degree of terror. Rather than indict an inanimate object, let's all just hold our loved ones closer and cherish our time together more dearly.

  • Oh, please! Saint George, UT
    Jan. 20, 2014 11:32 a.m.

    @Irony Guy

    May I respectfully submit that this is not a result of "Utah gun culture." Tragic situations like this occur throughout the world. The Connecticut, Colorado, African mall and other shootings occurred outside of Utah. The Boston Marathon bombings did not involve guns.

    The problem is the mindset of people to resort to violence when they cannot handle their lives. Gun registration and removing guns from those who are mentally impaired (albeit an improbable task) would presumably lessen the possibility of these imaginable incidents.

    Sympathies to the families and friends who mourn the loss of this family.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Jan. 20, 2014 11:15 a.m.

    Two Utah families this week are victims of the Utah gun culture. Something has to be done to stop this ongoing crisis.

  • Noah So Ogden, Ut
    Jan. 20, 2014 10:02 a.m.

    Very saddened by this tragedy and pray comfort for the friends and family. One never knows when something like this may happen. Because of his job I'm wondering if this may not have been a staged murder by criminals who had revenge on their mind. Are the investigators sure it was Josh that killed everyone?

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Jan. 20, 2014 9:43 a.m.

    I wonder if his steroid use contributed to the murders? Using steroids will lead to mindless rage. The same mindless rage that was necessary in order to murder his family. Lets not make excuses or blame this on the police. Millions of cops perform their duties just fine and are still able to raise their families and otherwise function in society. Sympathy towards the family. Stress or a failing marriage are never good reasons to commit murder.

  • Kelley Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 20, 2014 8:55 a.m.

    The neighborhood is in mourning, but we are surviving and thinking of ways to help our children understand. All five are being mourned. Josh is remembered as a good neighbor, always willing to lend a hand. Between his past coming back to bite him and his marriage troubles, plus the stress of living with his mother-in-law in the house, he broke. Why he broke in this way I don't understand, but from researching it, someone who commits a murder-suicide fits the profile of someone who is suicidal and depressed, not someone who is murderous. It's usually a male, and rarely pre-meditated. I've spoken to a member of his extended family, and they think he killed the children to protect them from the kind of nightmares he had to face. I am very grateful that it's the Lord doing the judging; He knows Josh's heart.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 20, 2014 8:50 a.m.

    We've seen this before when marriage come to an end. Jealousy and rage over a partner that moves on causes crazy things to happen.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 19, 2014 4:21 p.m.

    Law enforcement is like the military. You are taught that showing emotion or seeking professional help is a sign of weakness will jeopardize your career. What a needless tragedy.

  • VA Saint Chester, VA
    Jan. 19, 2014 2:26 p.m.

    There are no words. I am so sorry for the families and friends affected by this horrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with you for peace and understanding.