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One dead, repeatedly injured while driving on SLC graduation holiday



SALT LAKE CITY – One person was killed and many were injured in a shooting early in the morning in Salt Lake City.

Numerous agencies responded to the site around 2 a.m. Sunday at 1534 N. General Drive, where a graduation party was taking place.

Sean Amone, 20, was found dead at the scene. Four more people were transported to the hospital to be treated for gunshot wounds. They are reportedly in stable condition.

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According to an email sent to the parents by Chief Larry Madden, all five victims of the shooting are graduates of schools in the school district of SLC. Two of the injured are 2,021

graduates of Western High School, one is a graduate of the previous year’s high school, and Amone and one of the injured victims are former graduates of Western High School.

“We were deeply saddened to hear this devastating news,” Madden wrote. “We know that many of you have been affected by this tragedy and we want to offer our support as a district and school administration.”

The district offers counseling in its schools from Monday to Thursday.

Madden’s full email, including resources for anyone in crisis or in need of support, can be found below.

Police say some witnesses are not cooperating, but are looking for a white sedan from an older model who may have been involved in the shooting.

Authorities want the public to call 801-799-3000 and refer to case 21-96966 if there is any information.

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Dear families,

This morning we received news of a shooting at a prom early Sunday morning, in which four were injured and one killed. All five victims are members of our community and were either recent graduates or alumni in the Salt Lake City school district.

We were deeply saddened by this devastating news. We know that many of you have been affected by this tragedy and we want to offer our support as a district and school administration. Two of the victims are graduates of a high school in the West in 2021, one is a former graduate of a high school in Highland, and the other two young men, including the man who was fatally shot, are former graduates of a Western high school. We know that their families are valued members of the neighborhood community, and many of them have siblings, family members, and friends who attend our schools.

As parents and guardians, we ask you to follow your student for days and weeks to come. This is a critical moment, especially considering that the school is about to go out in the summer. Our school counseling teams will be available in all district schools tomorrow, Monday, June 7, for any student who may need support. The advisors will also be available until Thursday, June 10. If your student needs additional support, please send an email directly to your school principal.

As we communicated with law enforcement today, we were confident that the police were doing their best to find the perpetrators and seek justice. In such situations, especially when the victims are innocent bystanders, it can be tempting for our young people to try to take matters into their own hands. Please talk to your students and encourage them to deal with the emotions they may be experiencing by talking to a counselor or other trusted source.

As you enter your summer vacation, please use the list of resources below if you think your student or one of his or her friends may be in crisis or need extra support.

RESOURCES

SafeUT mobile application: You can download the SafeUT app on any mobile device or find them online at https://safeut.med.utah.edu/ [safeut.med.utah.edu]. SafeUT connects an individual with a crisis counselor via text or phone call 27/7. If necessary, SafeUT staff can provide other resources.

Odyssey House: The Salt Lake City School District has partnered with Odyssey House to provide free telehealth, school therapy to every student in our area. Access to telehealth therapy will be free for any student who is not covered by Medicaid or other health insurance. Students who have health coverage can also access services through Odyssey through their health insurance. Families interested in arranging a Telehealth appointment with a licensed therapist can request an appointment by filling out the online referral form here: https://form.jotform.com/201826038891055 [form.jotform.com].

National line for suicide prevention: 800-273-TALK (8255) or www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org for live chat.

Any student or parent who needs help connecting to resources can also call our area Student Services Department at 801-578-8206. https://www.slcschools.org/departments/student-services [slcschools.org]

We are all going through this tragedy and we are here to support our students, families, faculty and staff in any way during this difficult time. Thanks for the support.

At your disposal,

Larry Madden
Boss
Salt Lake City School District




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