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Father identified as suspect in murder-suicide of family of 8 in Utah

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A Utah man killed his family of seven in a home on Wednesday and then turned the gun on himself, authorities said.

According to a statement from Enoch City, southwestern Utah, Michael Haight, 42, his wife; Tausha Haight, 40, and Tausha’s mother; Gail Earl, 78, was found dead at the North Albert Drive home. The couple’s five minor children, aged 4 to 17, also died.

The statement describes Michael Haight as a “suspect.”

“While this intense investigation is ongoing, investigators currently believe there are no outstanding suspects. Evidence suggests the suspect committed suicide after killing seven other people in the home,” the statement read. .

The minor children were only identified by their age and sex as a 17 year old girl, a 12 year old girl, a 7 year old girl, a 7 year old boy and a 4 year old boy. old male.

A home where eight people were found dead in Enoch, Utah on January 4, 2023. Ben B. Braun/The Deseret News via AP

Police were called to the home around 4 p.m. for a wellness check by the family and friends involved, Thursday’s statement said.

Enoch City is about 180 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

Enoch City Manager Rob Dotson had said in a video statement that the community was suffering.

“We all know this family, many of us served with them in church, in the community and went to school with these people, and so this community is suffering right now,” he said. declared.

A law enforcement official stands near the front door of the Enoch, Utah home where eight family members were found dead from gunshot wounds
A law enforcement official stands near the front door of the home in Enoch, Utah, where eight family members were found dead from gunshot wounds, January 4, 2023. Ben B. Braun/The Deseret News via AP

The Iron County School District said all five children were students there, according to a letter to parents and guardians in the district.

“This loss will certainly bring up many emotions, concerns and questions for our entire school district, especially our students,” the letter reads.

The district added that a crisis intervention team would be available for students.

On TwitterUtah Governor Spencer Cox called the violence ‘senseless’ and asked people to keep Enoch in their prayers

Haight’s relatives could not be reached immediately on Thursday. The neighbors were also not reached.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You can also call the network, formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 800-273-8255text HOME to 741741 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources.

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