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A Utah man fatally shot his family of seven in a home Wednesday and then himself, authorities said.
Michael Haight, 42, his wife; Tausha Haight, 40; and Tausha’s mother, Gail Earl, 78, were discovered dead at the home, officials said in southwestern Utah’s Enoch City, about 180 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The couple’s five children, ages 4 to 17, were also killed.
The city called Michael Haight a suspect in a statement Thursday.
Tausha Haight had filed for divorce in late December, officials said at a news conference, without saying that was a factor in the deaths.
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The children were identified only by their ages and genders: 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. .
Investigators currently believe there are no outstanding suspects. Evidence suggests the suspect took his own life after killing seven other people in the home,” the statement said.
Concerned family and friends called police to the home for a wellness check around 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Enoch town mayor Geoffrey Chestnut said the incident has shaken the tight-knit community of some 7,500 residents.
“The Haights were my neighbors. The younger kids played in my yard with my kids,” Chestnut said at a news conference Thursday. “This is a tremendous blow to many, many families who have spent many, many nights with these people who are gone.”
City Manager Rob Dotson mourned the family Thursday.
We don’t know why this happened. Probably no one will know what was going through the minds of these people, ”he said. “However, we know that they were our friends, they were our neighbors, and that we loved them.”
Police Chief Jackson Ames said police were involved in some investigations with the family a couple of years ago. He declined to give further details.
Police completed a wellness check after Tausha Haight missed an appointment Wednesday, authorities said.