Bizarre Obituary Praises Utah Father Michael Haight Who Murdered Wife and Five Children
A brilliant obituary for a Utah who allegedly killed his entire family in a murder-suicide plot says he “made it his goal to spend time with each of his children” – as an online fundraiser fancifully replaces him with an image. Jesus in a family photo.
Police believe Michael Haight, 42, shot and killed his wife, Tausha Haight, 40, three daughters aged 17, 12 and 7, and two sons aged 7 and 4 on January 4 — two weeks after she filed for divorce. , the officials said.
Also killed in the Enoch City massacre was his mother-in-law, Gayle Earl, aged 78.
But an obituary published in The Spectrum made no mention of the murders and portrayed the shooter in an angelic way, saying he “excelled in everything he did” after graduating from high school in 1998 as “a great scientist in business.”
“He has been promoted to Eagle Scout,” the muffled text said.
“Michael spent the summer after graduation working in Alaska at a fish processing plant. His leadership qualities, honesty and dedication quickly led him to become a line manager in a team of 10-12 people, ”the message says.
“Michael was called and served a full-time mission in Porto Alegre South, Brazil for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” the obituary reads.
Hayt is said to have met his future wife while attending the University of Southern Utah, where he was named an outstanding finance student.
“They got married in the church of St. George on May 10, 2003. Together they welcomed five children into their family: Maisie Lynn, Briley Ann, Ammon Michael, Sienna Belle and Gavin Drew,” the obituary reads.
“Each of these children was a truly cherished miracle for them,” the message says. “Michael made it a point to spend time with each of his children. Michael enjoyed making memories with his family.”
It also stated that the father “lived a life of service.”
“Whether serving in the church or in the community, he was ready to help in whatever was needed,” the obituary reads.
Meanwhile, the family’s GoFundMe account oddly replaced Hayt with Jesus in the family photo.
The fundraiser, which does not mention Haight, raised almost $95,000 by Monday morning.
“Their lives were tragically cut short too soon. Everyone who knew them loved them very much, ”the page says, adding that donations will go towards funeral expenses and a memorial fund in honor of five children.
Shannon Watts, gun violence activist and founder of Moms Demand Action, denounced the ingratiating obituary and shared a link to him on Twitter, while noting that “none of the comments on the obituary mention the victims.”
The activist also shared a link to the family’s statement in which they supported gun ownership.
“And if that’s not rude enough, the wife’s family issued a statement in support of… weapons: ‘This is the type of loss that will continue to occur in families, communities and this nation when defensive weapons are no longer available,’” Watts fumed. .
An unexpected obituary published by the mortuary was later made private.
Enoch Mayor Jeffrey Chesnut said police are still investigating the murder-suicide motive, but they are aware that court records showed that Tausha filed for divorce on Dec. 21, Insider reports.
Taushi’s sister-in-law, Jenny Earl, told The Associated Press that Michael removed all weapons from the house before the shooting.
She said the lack of access to firearms made Tausha Haight, her mother and children more “vulnerable”.
The police said they were already investigating Michael, suggesting previous problems in the family.
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