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Police ID Magna mother, child dead in murder-suicide

Unified Police officials responded late Sunday night, Dec. 31, 2017, to what they are calling the suspicious deaths of a woman and a child in a home near 2600 South and 8900 West in Magna. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

MAGNA, Utah, Jan. 1, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Unified Police officials have identified the people found shot to death in their Magna home on Sunday as a mother and daughter.

The two were Karina Clark, 41, and Madison Clark, 9.

UPD officers responded late Sunday night to what they initially called the suspicious deaths of a woman and a child in a home near 2600 South and 8900 West.

Police were called at about 9:30 p.m. by an LDS Church member who was a friend of the deceased.

Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera said, “One of the ladies from the Relief Society had dropped off some presents and saw that the presents were still on the doorstep, so she was concerned that they hadn’t been picked up.”

The woman asked police to check on the welfare of the people living in the residence.

“It’s a really tough case when it involves a child. Extremely tough,” Rivera said on Sunday.

According to a UPD tweet posted on Monday afternoon, officers believe that Clark shot her young daughter, then turned the gun on herself. Investigators are still working to determine exactly when it happened.

Clark last posted on her Facebook account on Dec. 7.

Among her final few posts were messages about pain from a Nov. 29 surgery, and her wish that she could stop taking pain pills.