Fatal shooting of 17-year-old Copper Hills High senior now being treated as ‘suspicious’; girl died at party in Taylorsville

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TAYLORSVILLE, Utah, Aug. 25, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — The fatal Saturday night shooting of a 17-year-old girl in Taylorsville, originally believed to be accidental, is now being investigated as a suspicious death.

Unified Police Department Sgt. Melody Gray told Gephardt Daily it was first thought that the victim, Kaylissa O’Leary, a senior at Copper Hills High, was among a group of juvenile partygoers who were playing with a gun Saturday night when she was mortally wounded.

Investigators were initially unsure whether O’Leary died by her own hand and whether it was intentional. They were also unsure if she’d been shot by another, and whether it was an intentional act.

The shooting was first reported in the area of 3142 Havea Circle, just after 10:10 p.m., Gray said. When police arrived, they found O’Leary deceased inside the residence.

Police said the partiers had fled the scene by the time first responders arrived.

O’Leary’s car, a blue 2010 Honda Civic with the license plate F9448HG was also missing.

As of late Sunday afternoon, the car had not been recovered and there was still no suspect information, according to Gray.

Anyone who was at the party and was a witness to the incident or who has any information is asked to contact the Unified Police Department at 801-743-7000.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.


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