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Utah Officer Reportedly Killed Family and Self

January 21, 2014  | 

The Boren family (Photo: Facebook)
The Boren family (Photo: Facebook)

Everyday marital problems are the only clue investigators have so far in their effort to explain why a well-liked Lindon, Utah, police officer allegedly shot and killed his wife, their two children, his mother-in-law and then himself Thursday night, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Spanish Fork police were asked to drop by the home of 34-year-old Joshua Boren after he failed to show up at the start of his 10 p.m. shift as a police officer for Lindon city and his commander was unable to reach Boren or his wife Kelly, 32, by telephone.

In an upstairs bedroom, officers located Kelly’s mother, 55-year-old Marie King, dead from a gunshot wound. In another bedroom, police found the bodies of the couple and their children, 7-year-old Joshua "Jaden" Boren and 5-year-old Haley Boren.

Tags: Murder-Suicide, officer suicide, Lindon (Utah) PD


Comments (14)

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kevcop @ 1/21/2014 3:58 PM

Such a beautiful young family, my heart breaks thinking about the loss of all of them.No one can know what was going on in his mind and why, I have been an officer for over 30 years, investigated too many homicides and suicides to count and have seen this in my own department. Cops see too much and become so jaded and hardened that we think this type of result is a legitimate option. Cops are people too, added the weight of the job and some just snap. Obviously he was not in the right state of mind at the time. May his family rest in peace and God forgive him for what he has done. I will not judge, its for God to do so. Rest in peace to them all and I will pray for the remaining family members who are still here to carry the burden. PLEASE brother and sister officers, if you have issues in your life and with your family, as we all do at times, please seek help, don't think you can handle it yourself, you may not be able to and this is the possible result of such thinking.

Capt. Crunch @ 1/21/2014 4:37 PM

God bless them and may they all rest in peace. The children are innocent and this should not have happen to them. The Boren's, should have gotten a divorce and continued with their lives. I may be out of line, but my question is what business does a married woman mother of two have entering a bikini contest? To many women want to be treated like a princess but will not treat their man like a king.

Craig Sharp @ 1/21/2014 4:37 PM

Praying for every one involved my God have his hands on your hearts God Bless

Graywolf @ 1/21/2014 5:43 PM

I hope the Wife and Children are resting in heaven as well as the Mother-In Law, as for the Asshole and so called husband and father well I HOPE HIS ASS IS BURNING IN HELL!!!!!!

Serpico @ 1/21/2014 5:59 PM

When people have suicidal thoughts, they need to seek help just like it was an Addiction. You can ask God for help. You can find someone willing to listen, to your pain. You don't have to kill others, and yourself. There is a way out, but it is longer than a short term bloodbath. Negative energy needs to be replaced with Altruism. Day by day, one day at a time. It's not pretty. And it doesn't get you a supermodel. But it's a way out...

Staniel @ 1/21/2014 7:28 PM

I'm doing my dissertation on officer suicide, mainly because as an Honor Guard member, I'm not allowed to attend the funerals in Honor Guard uniform. It is taboo for us to talk about suicide. And as I study the issue, I see that those who do want to talk about it don't because there really isn't anyone to help. My police chaplain teaches that suicide is a disease and a person needs meds. Who wants to talk to him for help? And it seems that those not "trained" to help only pass judgment or only focus on the symptom (bikini contest as a cause???) We as a law enforcement community need to look at this as a job related issue so we can start looking at the problem as an officer safety issue. At the moment we see it as a family issue and ignore the warning signs. And the officer in question is not honored for his service, like the military, but shunned by his action. I'm speaking of general suicide, not the murders of this case.

mike @ 1/21/2014 7:48 PM

Goofy bastard. Too bad he just didn't kill himself.

eric @ 1/21/2014 8:49 PM

Thursday? I thought it happened on Tuesday? But anyway thats sad.

S.S. @ 1/22/2014 7:53 AM

Im not gonna judge, but why would you kill the children they did nothing to deserve that and neither did his wife or mother in law. It shouldn't of happend. There is NO POSSIBLE EXCUSE WHATSOEVER!!!!

Brian @ 1/22/2014 9:11 AM

Something doesn't smell right here. I think more
will be learned in the days to come.

Pup @ 1/22/2014 12:16 PM

@ Captain Crunch > hey Capt. in regards to your comment about a married woman entering a bikini contest, there are many married women who do this for their self esteem. They both worked out together (H & W) and it appears she was very out going person. There's no harm with a women competing in body building or what is now called "bikini contest". Less muscle mass and more of a shape/fit contest. It's good for their self-esteem, body, mind etc. Please don't condemn her and others for being healthy and proud of their accomplishments. I had trained many women, who and their husbands were proud of the accomplishments.

Capt. Crunch @ 1/22/2014 1:20 PM

@ Pup, in no way do I condemn any person for being healthy. I just don't think it is a good idea for a married woman to get on a stage half naked and show her goods to other men. I feel both the husband and wife so agree on such a contest. Good luck on your training other people you also should be proud.

Ima Leprechaun @ 1/23/2014 1:25 AM

So sad. We hear about PTSD in the military but it's in every profession especially ours. Listen to your co-workers and help when you can because more than likely he was talking about this for a long time.

Steve @ 1/23/2014 6:55 AM

Obviously can't say definitively why this happened but I have seen very similar incidents in the past. Chances are Officer Boren had some low self esteem and having a "trophy" wife was what he built his very existence on. If there was some chance that he thought he was going to lose that "trophy" he may have reasoned that he was losing his life and therefore became desperate. Chances are that somewhere in his thought process he had the 'ol "if I can't have her, no one else can have her" talk with himself. I agree with many of you who stated that it's too bad the kids [and mother-in-law] had to suffer this outcome.
Having gone through an unwanted divorce I would tell anyone who may be going through something similar...you CAN make it and things WILL eventually get better. Hang in there and don't give up on life. I would also recommend a relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ, to provide strength in this or any other crisis!

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