Utah has seen another tragedy this week. Joshua Boren murdered his own family on Thursday night, police said.
It's a sad week in Utah.
Just three days after the disturbing murder-suicide in Syracuse that involved a mother and her two daughters, a police officer also killed his family of four. 34-year old Joshua Boren, an officer from the Utah police department, shot his wife, two kids, and mother-in-law.
Boren shot and killed himself after.
The Lindon Police Department checked Boren's home on Thursday night after he failed to show up for his night shift. The five bodies were found at around 11 PM, police said.
“Through a window, officers noticed blood on the carpet of the front room as well as empty handgun shell casings,” said Spanish Fork Police Chief, Steve Adams.
Police found the body of 55-year old Marie King, the suspect's mother-in-law, in the second floor. She died from a gunshot wound. Joshua Boren, his wife, Kelly Boren, and their children - Jaden (7) and Haley (5) - were found dead in the next room. Police did not find any suicide note.
Apparently Joshua and Kelly were having marital problems, and had a brief separation. Spanish Fork lieutenant Matthew Johnson said that there were no warning signs. "This was a total shock to everyone," he told the Associated Press.
Meanwhile, Lindon Police Chief Cody Cullimore said that Boren's conduct and professionalism were exemplary. "But when something like this happens, all of a sudden you almost feel very self-conscious about the good things they did. These are not the things that a good deputy or a good person would do," Cannon said in a statement.
Boren's wife, Kelly, was a finance director for Bluffdale city. City attorney Vaughn Pickell said that Kelly was friendly, helpful, and always had the smile.
"It's pretty somber and gloomy here today. Folks are having a hard time with this" he told the Salt Lake Tribune.