High school student on life support, her ex-boyfriend died of gunshot wounds | News, Sports, Jobs


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A Springville Police vehicle is pictured Saturday, May 26, 2018.

Two Springville residents were found Wednesday with gunshot wounds to the head.

The victims were a 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old woman. Both were alive when law enforcement found them, but the man died at the scene, according to Springville Lt. Warren Foster. The female victim was airlifted to Utah Valley Hospital where she is currently on life support. Foster said she shouldn’t survive.

The two were found by local law enforcement at Hobble Creek Park. Believed to be a murder-suicide, that determination was not officially made Thursday morning, according to Foster. The investigation is still ongoing.

Police were looking for the couple when they received a request for a wellness check on the woman around 3pm.

“We were told the victim broke up with her boyfriend but resumed talking to him,” Foster said. “There were concerns because of the possible threats that were being made. We later found out he was in possession of a gun and obviously that changed things for us. We take this very seriously. We had all the officers available to search for the vehicle.

The victims were in a red Chrysler PT Cruiser belonging to the victim’s family. Officers from the Springville and Mapleton Police Departments and the Utah County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the search.

“We all converged on Hobble Creek Park to find the two individuals hunched over in the front seats of the vehicle, both with gunshot wounds to the head,” Foster said.

Both victims were alive when officers arrived at the park around 3:45 p.m.

“When the officers arrived on the scene, they did not know the situation,” he added. “We knew a gun was mentioned so we had to be very careful about our safety and the surrounding community. They had to secure the place and the car. They got the two victims out of the vehicle and officers launched lifesaving measures on both.

Officers lost the male victim’s pulse, and by the time a medical team arrived he was pronounced dead, according to Foster.

The woman is a student at Springville High School.

“She was a pretty well-known high school girl,” Foster said. “This is going to have a profound effect on a lot of people. We want everyone to know that our thoughts are with the families and fellow students. It’s going to be a difficult situation for them, and we understand that.

“We made phone calls for resources and help for students, family, neighbors or close friends. We’ve made sure they know this affects a lot of people deeply and we’re so sorry about that. Our thoughts go out to each of them.

People from across the community are already trying to offer help to those affected by the incident.

Nebo School District Communications Administrator Lana Hiskey released a statement reminding parents and students that additional help and resources are available.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic news from our Springville High student,” Hiskey said. “Springville High has a crisis team here at the high school that includes bereavement counselors to assist any student or faculty member who may need help and resources. We ask parents to take the time to visit their children during this difficult time. We will continue to have resources available, even after graduation, if at any time students and faculty members need them. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and school community as we mourn alongside them. »



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