A glowing obituary for a Utah man who is suspected of killing his total household in a murder-suicide plot stated he “made it a point to spend quality time with each and every one of his children” — as a web-based fundraiser bizarrely replaces him with a picture of Jesus in a household photograph.
Police imagine Michael Haight, 42, gunned down his spouse, Tausha Haight, 40, their three daughters, ages 17, 12 and seven, and two sons, ages 7 and 4, on Jan. 4 — two weeks after she had filed for divorce, officers stated.
Also killed within the Enoch City bloodbath was his mother-in-law, Gail Earl, 78.
But an obit revealed within the Spectrum didn’t point out the killings and painted an angelic image of the shooter, saying he “excelled at everything he did” after graduating from highschool in 1998 as a “Sterling scholar in business.”
“He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout,” the tone-deaf piece stated.
“Michael spent the summer after graduation working in Alaska in a fish processing plant. His leadership skills, values of honest hard work and determination quickly led him to be a line manager and over a crew of 10-12 men,” it stated.
“Michael was called and served a full-time mission to Porto Alegre South, Brazil for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” the obit continued.
Haight was stated to have met his future spouse throughout their time at Southern Utah University, the place he was named the Outstanding Finance Student.
“They were married in the St. George Temple on May 10, 2003. Together they welcomed 5 children into their family: Macie Lynn, Briley Ann, Ammon Michael, Sienna Belle, and Gavin Drew,” the obit stated.
“Each of these children were truly a cherished miracle to them,” it added. “Michael made it a point to spend quality time with each and every one of his children. Michael enjoyed making memories with the family.”
It additionally stated the dad “lived a life of service.”
“Whether it was serving in the church or in the community, he was willing to help with whatever was needed,” the obit learn.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe account arrange by the household bizarrely changed Haight with Jesus in a household photograph.
The fundraiser, which doesn’t point out Haight, had raised virtually $95,000 by Monday morning.
“Their lives were tragically taken too soon. All who knew them loved them so very much,” the web page reads, including that the donations will go towards funeral bills and a memorial fund in honor of the 5 kids.
Shannon Watts, an activist in opposition to gun violence and founding father of Moms Demand Action, condemned the fawning obit and shared a hyperlink to it on Twitter — whereas stating that “none of the obituary comments mention the victims.”
The activist additionally shared a hyperlink to the household’s assertion, which supported proudly owning firearms.
“And if that’s not gross enough, the wife’s family put out a statement supporting … guns: ‘This is the type of loss that will continue to occur in families, communities and this nation when protective arms are no longer accessible,’” Watts seethed.
The eyebrow-raising obit revealed by the mortuary was later made personal.
Enoch Mayor Geoffrey Chesnut stated police have been nonetheless investigating the motive for the murder-sucide, however that they have been conscious that court docket information confirmed Tausha filed for divorce on Dec. 21, Insider reported.
Tausha’s sister-in-law, Jennie Earl, instructed the Associated Press that Michael had eliminated all weapons from the house earlier than the shootings.
She stated the dearth of entry to firearms left Tausha Haight, her mom and her kids extra “vulnerable.”
Police stated they’d investigated Michael earlier than, suggesting earlier issues contained in the family.