Northampton women killed in Utah family of five 'murder-suicide'

Local police said serving officer Joshua Boren appeared to have turned his gun on his wife, mother-in-law and two young children

A 32-year-old British woman and her mother are reportedly among five members of the same family shot and killed in an apparent murder-suicide in the US.

Local police in Lindon, Utah, said serving officer Joshua Boren, 34, turned a gun on his wife, mother-in-law and two children before then taking his own life.

Kelly Boren, 32 and her mother Marie King, 55, both lived in Northampton before moving to the US to be with Boren, who was a patrol officer with the Utah County Sheriff's Office for seven years before joining the city’s police in October 2013.

Officers in the town of Spanish Fork, neighbouring Lindon, said they found the bodies of the three along with seven-year-old Joshua “Jaden” Boren and Haley Boren, aged five, at the family home on Thursday night.

The victims were discovered after Mr Boren's colleagues alerted local officers when he failed to turn up at work for his night shift.

Officials said they did not find a suicide note at the crime scene but Lieutenant Matthew Johnson of Spanish Fork Police said the couple had been experiencing marital problems in the months leading up to the shooting.

Chief Steve Adams, of Spanish Fork Police, said that when officers got to the family home to carry out a welfare check they immediately discovered blood marks and bullet casings inside.

Police outside the Boren's home in Spanish Fork, Utah, where the family of five were found dead Police outside the Boren's home in Spanish Fork, Utah, where the family of five were found dead Mr Boren's colleagues said they were aware the couple had undergone a period of separation but were on “friendly terms”, with the family holidaying together in Disneyland, Florida, over Christmas.

His boss, Chief Cody Cullimore, of Lindon City Police, told The Salt Lake Tribune: “There were no red flags - everything about him was outstanding.”

“We're a small department, our families are one big family so we knew his entire family as well,” he said. “It's just a tremendous shock.”

Mr Cullimore said: “I was aware that there had been a recent period of separation, but I am not aware of any violence in the past or anything like that.

“His wife Kelly was a friend of mine and a friend of my wife so anything major that would have happened I probably would have known about.

“I know as a family they went to Disneyland over the Christmas holidays.”

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Ms Boren was employed as a finance director for nearby Bluffdale city.

Meanwhile, Ms King's sister Jeanette Malpas, of Northampton, paid tribute to her “beautiful” family.

Writing on her Facebook page, she said: “I cannot get my head around this and will never understand why someone has to take away lives like this.

“My beautiful sister Marie, her daughter Kelly and Kelly's children; Jaden and Haley, may you all rest in peace.

“Love you loads, to the moon and back.”

The tribute page 'RIP Kelly, Marie, Jaden 'n' Haley' has also been set up on the social media site, attracting dozens of messages of condolence and support.

Additional reporting by AP

Voices
A Russian hunter at the Medved bear-hunting lodge in Siberia
Save the tigerWildlife charities turn to those who kill animals to help save them
News
Davis says: 'My career has been about filling a niche - there were fewer short actors and fewer roles – but now I'm being offered all kinds of things'
PeopleWarwick Davis on Ricky Gervais, Harry Potter and his perfect role
News
i100
Sport
Frank Lampard will pass Billy Wright and equal Bobby Charton’s caps tally of 106 caps against
sportFormer Chelsea midfielder in Etihad stopgap before New York contract
News
ebookA unique anthology of reporting and analysis of a crucial period of history
Arts and Entertainment
The first film introduced Daniel Radcliffe to our screens, pictured here as he prepares to board the train to Hogwarts for the first time.
booksHow reading Harry Potter helps children grow up to be gay-friendly
Arts and Entertainment
A scene from Aladdin is performed at the Tony Awards in New York in June
theatreBrit producer Lythgoe makes kids' musical comedy a Los Angeles hit
Sport
Usain Bolt of Jamaica smiles and shakes hands with a competitor after Jamaica won their first heat in the men's 4x100m relay
sport
News
Chancellor George Osborne, along with the Prime Minister, have been 'complacently claiming the economy is now fixed', according to shadow Chancellor Ed Balls
i100... which is awkward, because he is their boss, after all
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Save the Tiger: Meet the hunters tasked with protecting Russia's rare Amur tiger

Hunters protect Russia's rare Amur tiger

In an unusual move, wildlife charities have enlisted those who kill animals to help save them. Oliver Poole travels to Siberia to investigate
Transfers: How has your club fared in summer sales?

How has your club fared in summer sales?

Who have bagged the bargain buys and who have landed the giant turkeys
Warwick Davis: The British actor on Ricky Gervais, how the Harry Potter set became his office, and why he'd like to play a spy

'I'm a realist; I know how hard this business is'

Warwick Davis on Ricky Gervais, Harry Potter and his perfect role
The best swim shorts for men: Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer

The best swim shorts for men

Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer
Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

Meet the couple blamed for bringing Lucifer into local politics
Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup