Police ID Kearns man killed in South Salt Lake shooting

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SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah, Dec. 20, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Police have released the name of the victim in a fatal shooting Saturday outside a South Salt Lake strip club.

“Cherokee Soloman Aiko, 26, of Kearns, was shot twice just after midnight Saturday in the parking lot of Southern X-Posure Show Club,” the SSLPD statement says. “Family members of the homicide victim from over the weekend have been notified.”

According to the statement, Aiko “succumbed to his injuries on 12/18/2021 after being shot multiple times during an altercation.”

Police arrested suspect Romalice Latrell Williams about 14 hours after the shooting. Williams, 36, is facing six felony charges, including aggravated murder and robbery.

The full list of initial charges is:

  • Aggravated murder, a first-degree felony
  • Aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony
  • Two counts of felony discharge of a firearm, a first-degree felony
  • Theft by receiving stolen property, a second-degree felony
  • Purchase, transfer, possession or use of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony
  • Possession of a controlled substance, marijuana/spice, a class B misdemeanor
  • Giving false personal identity to peace officer, a class C misdemeanor

Williams’ probable cause statement described the scene when officers arrived.

“A male was found to have been shot at the scene. The male later died from his gunshot wounds at IMC,” the statement says, referring to Intermountain Medical Center.

“The male victim was found to have been shot twice. The A/P (accused person) was found to have committed an aggravated robbery just prior to the shooting at the same location.

“The A/P’s image was captured on surveillance footage from the club. The A/P was observed holding a handgun in the footage. Images of the A/P’s vehicle he had been driving was (sic) also captured on surveillance video from the club.”

Williams’ vehicle was found by Salt Lake City Police officers at about 2:30 p.m. the same day, at a winter homeless shelter at 1659 W. North Temple in Salt Lake City.

Williams was arrested at the shelter, and “claimed his name was Kendrick at the time of his arrest,” the statement says.

“A search warrant of the A/P’s room at the homeless shelter was served. A handgun was found in the room. The handgun was the same caliber as the spent shell casings found at the club. The handgun was found to have been stolen out of Eureka, Colorado.”

Several ounces of what appeared to be bath salts was found in the room, as was an undisclosed quantity of a substances that field tested as marijuana, the statement said.

“The A/P’s clothing he was observed wearing in the surveillance footage was found inside of his room. The A/P will be restricted from possessing a firearm due to being in possession of marijuana.”

A probable cause affidavit filed in a September 2020 Utah case says Williams was already restricted from possessing a dangerous weapon at that time.

“Post Miranda, A/P stated he was convicted of armed robbery in Louisiana. A/P stated he had the brass knuckles for protection.”

Salt Lake County jail records show that Williams, a Louisiana native, also has gone by aliases Dexter Gillulda, Kenddrick Williams, and Romalice Kendrick.

Williams is being held without bail, court documents said.


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