Police ID suspects arrested after fatal shooting in Millcreek; victim’s name released

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MILLCREEK, Utah, Aug. 14, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Unified Police officials have booked two suspects into jail and identified the man fatally shot in Millcreek early Wednesday morning.

The victim was 31-year-old Taylor Kauvaka, of Salt Lake City.

The jailed suspects in the case are Alekzander Ethan May, 18, of Midvale, and Edgar Omar Esquivel, 19, of West Jordan. Each faces a preliminary charge of murder, a first-degree felony.

Sgt. Melody Gray, public information officer for Unified Police, told Gephardt Daily at the scene that officers were called to 3900 S. 700 West just before 2 a.m.

Taylor Johnathon Kauvaka was fatally shot on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. Photo: Salt Lake County

When police arrived they found a man, since identified as Kauvaka, lying on the ground outside the Sunnyvale Apartments, the victim of a gunshot wound.

According to Gray, police attempted CPR until medical help arrived but were unable to revive the Kauvaka. He was declared dead at the scene.

Alekzander May. Photo: Salt Lake County

The call went out across Salt Lake County for all available K-9 units as police from multiple agencies searched a wide area before finding a weapon believed used in the shooting.

Gray said several people were detained, including the two suspects. She said their relationship to the victim and a possible motive remained unclear.

Gray said police were exploring potential gang ties, but had yet to make a determination.

 

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