Utah father Michael Haight kills wife, 5 kids in murder-suicide after wife files for divorce


Utah father Michael Haight kills wife, 5 kids in murder-suicide after wife files for divorce

A 42-year-old Utah man gunned down seven family members, including his five children between ages 4 and 17, then turned the gun on himself — two weeks after his wife had filed for divorce, authorities said.

Officials in Enoch City on Thursday identified the suspected gunman in the murder-suicide as 42-year-old Michael Haight, and the victims as his wife, Tausha Haight, 40, their three daughters, ages 17, 12 and 7, and two sons, ages 7 and 4.

Also killed was Tausha Haight’s mother, 78-year-old Gail Earl, according to a press release from the Enoch City government. Each of the victims appeared to have gunshot wounds.

Court records showed wife Tausha had filed for divorce from Michael on Dec. 21, but it was not immediately known why she had sought to end their marriage.

Police sent officers to perform a welfare check on the Haight family Wednesday after relatives and friends contacted officials saying they were worried and had not heard from the victims.

Cops found all eight family members dead inside their home still decked with Christmas lights on Albert Drive.

“At this time, we do not believe there is a threat to the public or that there are any suspects at large,” officials said in a press release.

Michael Haight was listed as an Allstate Insurance agent based out of Cedar City, Utah, but a family friend told Fox 13 that he had quit his job just days before the slaughter.

Enoch is a town of about 8,000 people located 245 miles south of Salt Lake City and about equally distant from Las Vegas.

Enoch City Manager Rob Dotson said the community was left reeling from news of the tragedy and that the Haights were well-known in the town.

“Many of us have served with them in church, in the community and gone to school with these individuals,” Dotson said Wednesday night. “This community at this time is hurting. They’re feeling loss, they’re feeling pain and they have a lot of questions.”

Michael and Tausha Haight’s five children attended schools in the Iron County School District, officials said in a letter sent to parents.


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