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One University of Utah student is dead following a shooting Monday night in Red Butte Canyon near the University of Utah.

Article syndicated with permission from the Daily Utah Chronicle 

The suspect turned himself into security at the Salt Lake City Library on Tuesday afternoon, and was taken into police custody and transported to the U’s Department of Public Safety for questioning and processing. He will be booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on multiple unspecified charges.

“I need to give a big shout out to the citizens and today, a librarian,” said Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown at a 2 p.m. press conference. “Yes, a big shout to the librarians today because a librarian was able to pay attention to what was being put out and recognize Austin and call security, and security, without incident, was able to take this person into custody.”

The victim is ChenWei Guo, a 23-year-old international student who studied computer science at the U. He worked as a peer advisor with the International Student and Scholar Services.

“He touched so many of our community — students, faculty, staff,” said Dean of Students Lori McDonald, who was visibly shaken by his death. “I know he was very active in the community. We are so very deeply saddened by the tragic loss of this beloved son, friend and student.”

Students at the U were advised at 9 p.m. to “shelter in place,” while all on-campus housing and the medical complex at the university were placed on lock down. At around 12:50 a.m., police lifted the advisory for students west of Mario Capecchi Drive. The recommendation was lifted for the rest of campus at about 3 a.m. Administration canceled classes Tuesday out of respect for Guo, U President David Pershing said in a letter to the campus community.

The suspected shooter is 24-year-old Austin Boutain. The white male was described as wearing a coat, jeans and beanie with a tattoo of a cross under his eye.

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His wife, Kathleen Boutain, has been taken into custody and booked in the Salt Lake County jail on unrelated charges. The couple was on the run and is wanted for a homicide in Golden, Colorado. Officers from the city are traveling to Salt Lake City as part of their investigation into that crime.

Police are looking for a forest green pickup truck with Colorado plates 460 DZX, which was stolen from the victim in Colorado.

According to Sgt. Brandon Shearer with the Salt Lake City Police Department, Guo was shot inside of his vehicle near the gate of the canyon after Boutain attempted a carjacking. Brophy said the shooting happened after the suspect was involved in a domestic dispute with his wife.

The wife was treated for injuries related to the incident after police received a domestic violence call at about 8:30 p.m. She had gone to the Peterson Heritage Center for help, and it later came to light that her husband was armed in the canyon.

At least eight law enforcement agencies and around 200 officers from around the Salt Lake Valley, as well as the FBI, worked to contain the area surrounding Red Butte Canyon. The Utah Highway Patrol sent a helicopter, and law enforcement used a BearCat and thermal technology to search for the shooter. Tuesday morning officers were searching the foothills east of Red Butte Garden, first to the north then to the south, accompanied by armored vehicles and two sniper teams as over-watch.

“We are now going through a strong-wall search, where we have officers about 5 meters apart, walking so they can see each other through the brush in the foothills,” Brown said at a 10 a.m. press conference. “That is how thick it is up there.”

The search ended after Boutain turned himself in.

Police found what they believe to be the suspect’s camp, where he and his wife had been staying “for the last day or so.” At the campsite, there was a rifle and ammo containers.

“Let me publicly commend Chief Dale Brophy, the Salt Lake PD, the university’s department of public safety and the local and federal enforcement officers who have responded so quickly to our campus, and who continue their work to help find the suspect in this case,” said Pershing.

Utah administration have been in contact with Guo’s family, and they have spoken numerous times throughout the night.

“They are very understandably grieving,” said McDonald. “We will work very closely with them to determine what their wishes are for the resolution of his passing.”

Many students at the university are affected by Guo’s death. Counseling services are available through the U of U’s counseling center, which has opened a space at the Mindfulness Center in the Student Services Building for drop-in support from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for the remainder of the week.

“I did not know him personally, but I have spoken with several of his friends and co-workers over the early morning hours,” said McDonald. “He was described as extraordinarily outgoing, charming, creative, smart and extremely engaged in our community over the year that he has been here.”


More details to follow. Syndicated with permission from the Daily Utah Chronicle. Image 1 of the scene from Monday night from KSL. Image 2 of the primary suspect from NY Daily News.  ■

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Basketball great Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

The L.A. Lakers star won five championships.

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Basketball legend and Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant died in a California helicopter crash on Sunday along with at least one of his daughters and seven others, reports and officials said.

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A fire broke out sending his Sikorsky S-76 helicopter spiralling out of an overcast sky above Calabasas and killing all five on board. It has been widely reported that Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria Onore is among the dead.

During a brief initial press conference on Sunday evening, authorities said that there were nine killed in the crash. Police received a call at 9:47 a.m. that a helicopter may have crashed, officials said.

The Bryants were on their way to Mamba Academy for basketball practice, reports say.

Allen Kenitzer, an FAA spokesman, said his agency and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating. Sikorsky says it is cooperating with authorities to find out the cause of the crash.

Photo of the crash scene via Twitter.

Bryant is survived by Vanessa, 37, and their daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 17, Bianka, three, and Capri, sevens months.

The L.A. Lakers star is considered one of greatest basketball players of all time. He spent his entire 20-year National Basketball Association career with the California team.

Bryant, 41, won five championships and was an 18-time all-star. He is known for scoring 81 points in a single game.

The basketball great’s final tweet was sent out on Saturday evening, congratulating LeBron James for taking his position as third on the ladder in overall career points.

Bryant retired from the NBA in 2016 but began a new career in Hollywood. In 2018, he won an Oscar along with director Glen Keane for the animated short film “Dear Basketball”, the L.A. Times reports.

IGNITE Vice President Ryan Stafford, who represents Lakeshore Campus, posted a tribute to the basketball legend on his Instagram Story.

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The following obituary was posted by Reuters news agency:

“A transcendent star who went straight from high school to the game’s biggest stage, Bryant won five NBA championship rings with the Los Angeles Lakers and was the face of the franchise during his 20-year career.”

“Bryant, a small forward and shooting guard, averaged 25 points during his career and twice led the NBA in scoring.”

“He was an 18-times NBA All-Star who wore the jersey numbers 24 and 8 – both of which were retired by the Lakers – and continued the ‘Showtime’ tradition of the storied franchise that has been home to the likes of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal.”

U.S. President Donald Trump called the development “terrible news”. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said Bryant “will live forever in the heart of Los Angeles, and will be remembered through the ages as one of our greatest heroes.”

An NBA game taking place at the time the news broke took a moment of silence and soccer superstar Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. made a “24” symbol with his fingers after scoring a goal on Sunday. ■

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Trudeau outlines plan to pass trade deal

CUSMA will come before parliament.

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After the new North American free trade deal approved by U.S. Senate, the Canadian government plans to ratify the deal next week.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke Tuesday in a news conference after a three-day cabinet retreat in Winnipeg, saying that it’s the government’s utmost priority to push forward with the Canadian-U.S.-Mexico agreement, known domestically as CUSMA, as millions of jobs depend on the new trade pact.

“On Monday, we will present a ways and means motion, and on Wednesday we will table legislations to ratify the deal,” said Trudeau, describing what will take place next week.

In order for the Liberals to pass this legislation in a minority government, they will neeed the support of another party in the House of Commons. Trudeau had expressed is hopes that all parties will negotiate and cone on ratification together.

“What we are doing is reminding everyone in the House and across the country of how important it is to secure the most important trading relationship for future generations.”

CUSMA has been on the top of the list of government priorities that were discussed during the cabinet meetings in Winnipeg.

The cabinet ministers also listened to expert guest speakers, who discussed other important matters including the fight against climate change, the current state of the country’s economy and pressing global affairs, among other critical matters facing the new minority government.

The trade deal, a result of a year of sometimes rocky negotiations with with the Trump administration, has been passed in the U.S. Senate and is awaiting the president’s signature. It has also been approved in Mexico.

Justin Trudeau said in Winnipeg “we are going to make sure we move forward in the right way and that means ratifying this new NAFTA as quickly as possible.”

Conservatives who are the main opposition, are generally supportive of the deal, but have vowed to grill the Liberals over its specifics when the House of Commons resumes sitting on Monday. ■

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Weinstein charged with rape, sexual assault

The disgraced media mogul faces up to 28 years in prison for these charges alone.

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A Los Angeles district attorney on Monday charged disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein with raping a woman and sexually assaulting another in separate incidents over a two-day period in 2013.

If Weinstein is convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 28 years in prison.

“We believe the evidence will show that the defendant used his power and influence to gain access to his victims and then commit violent crimes against them,” District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement, reported Reuters.

It comes the same day that Weinstein is on trial for a separate but similar case in New York. ■

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