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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.
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Tausha Haight had filed for divorce in late December, officials said at a news conference, without saying that was a factor in the deaths.
“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.
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. .
Image: A house where eight people were found dead in Enoch, Utah, is shown on January 5, 2023.
Concerned family and friends called police to the home for a wellness check around 4 p.m. Wednesday.
“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.
The Iron County School District said in a letter to parents and guardians in the district that the five children were students there.
“This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for our entire school district, especially our students,” the letter said.
The district said a crisis intervention team will be available to students.