The faces of Utah's 80 homicides in 2017

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  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 6, 2018 3:30 p.m.

    Husker2 - Aspen, CO.

    The pain and grief of the death of a loved one, is probably only exceeded by your own death. I think that much of that pain comes from the “blame game” where we punish ourselves with the word “if only I had …”.

    A popular tactics of the hucksters is the deflection of the pain by the redirection of the anger from oneself to some other bad guy. They might do this for political or business reasons. A drunk driver often is a killer, but the only probably important factor is his state of drunkenness and not have any thing to do with his nationality, gender, financial status or other false causes. We should attack the causes of improper drunkenness rather than hide the real culprit like blaming other things.

    We should concentrate on fighting all crimes by all people.

  • chazkron Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2018 5:43 p.m.

    The comment from AMG is correct. There were only 64 actual homicides in Utah in 2017. You will have to read the Tribune to get the figure right.

  • Austin Coug Pflugerville, TX
    Jan. 4, 2018 11:39 a.m.

    I appreciate the Deseret News putting this list together. These are moms, dads, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents, sons, daughers, friends....whose life was cut short. RIP and may God continue to bless the impacted families and help them heal. It was sad to review this list to see the notable increase in murder/suicides and how many involved drugs and gangs.

    I do agree with AMG that the title is misleading and should be updated to reflect such. These are not all homicides.

  • Husker2 Aspen, CO
    Jan. 4, 2018 11:21 a.m.

    @Ultra Bob "Bill O'reilly, Trump and more say that the one killing by an illegal alien is more important than all the rest. Go figure."

    Many years ago, my coworker was almost killed by a drunk driver who is an illegal alien. My coworker suffered injuries that effected him for the rest of is life and basically ruined his career. Imagine his dismay when he found that the illegal alien had been deported multiple times but was welcomed back with open arms by "sanctuary cities". They harbored a known criminal and enabled him to commit more crimes.

    I cannot begin to fathom the sorrow suffered by families who lose a loved one to an illegal alien because the crime would have been prevented if the alien was not in the U.S.

  • AMG Ogden, UT
    Jan. 4, 2018 10:56 a.m.

    I believe you guys have the definition of a homicide wrong. The correct definition of homicide is the deliberate and unlawful killing of one person by another; murder. Some of these people you have listed in this article did not die because of an unlawful killing (Murder). Some of these people died because a cop has shot them and it was justified. Also some of these people were killed by accident..... just because they died by a gun does not make it murder.... you guys should realize that you are doing false reporting and correct this article. Once again why a lot of people do not trust the media.

  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    Jan. 4, 2018 10:51 a.m.

    Ultra Bob: "Bill O'reilly, Trump and more say that the one killing by an illegal alien is more important than all the rest. Go figure."

    Whenever someone tries to expose the leftist talking points that illegal aliens are all law-abiding, tax-paying, contributors to our society; they get attacked. Point out that there are thousands of serious crimes committed by them every day, and you will draw out the ire of the left.

    Many people who sneak across our borders are just decent people who want a better life. But enough of them come here to sell drugs, commit violent crimes, and join gangs; that serious border enforcement is not just a form of discrimination by 'bigots'. It is common sense.

    The open border crowd is lying to you. Anyone who tries to expose those lies will be attacked.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 4, 2018 10:31 a.m.

    Bill O'reilly, Trump and more say that the one killing by an illegal alien is more important than all the rest. Go figure.

  • chazkron Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2018 9:52 a.m.

    There are only four states where you are less likely to be the victim of homicide than in Utah, and they beat Utah by only a tiny margin. For comparison, a person would be about 11 times more likely to be a victim of homicide in Chicago than in Utah, and 13 times more likely in D.C.