Man kills his family of seven, then self, after wife files for divorce
A man shot and
killed his family of seven, including five children, then turned the gun on
himself after his wife filed for divorce, US officials said Thursday.
Police in the small
Utah settlement of Enoch City found eight bodies -- one of them that of a
four-year-old -- after being called by friends and relatives who were concerned
for the family.
A spokesman said
officers had discovered three adults and five children at a single-family home
on Wednesday, all dead from what appeared to be gunshot wounds.
suggests that the suspect took his own life after killing seven others in the
home," a statement from the city said, naming him as 42-year-old Michael Haight.
The dead were his
wife, her mother, and the couple's five children -- three girls and two boys
aged between four and 17.
Enoch Mayor Geoffrey
Chesnut said the shooting came after an apparent marital breakdown.
according to court documents, that (a divorce petition) was filed on the 21st
of December and it was filed by the wife," he told reporters.
Chesnut said Enoch
was a small, close-knit community where people knew each other.
were my neighbours," he said.
children played in my yard with my sons."
into the multiple killings was underway but police said they were not looking
for anyone else in connection with the crime.
Chief Jackson Ames
said officers were familiar with the family.
"We had been
involved in some investigations with this family a couple of years prior,"
he said, declining to give further details.
Enoch is a rural
city of around 7,500 people in the southwest of Utah. It sits about a three-and-a-half hours' drive from Salt Lake City.
The state is known
as the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, whose
members are popularly known as Mormons, a conservative Christian sect that
places a strong emphasis on family, but which historically encouraged polygamy.
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