West Valley man found dead in church parking lot was shot, police say

West Valley man found dead in church parking lot was shot, police say

(West Valley City Police Department)

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WEST VALLEY CITY — Police confirmed Monday that a man found dead in the passenger seat of his own truck over the weekend was shot.

The body of Jesus Vasquez, 31, of West Valley City, was found about 6 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of a meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2835 S. 2855 West. He was in the passenger seat of his Nissan Frontier 4-door pickup truck.

West Valley police spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku said detectives believe Vasquez was shot at another location, loaded into his truck and driven to the church parking lot. As of Monday afternoon, police were still trying to determine where the shooting took place.

A motive was also still being developed as detectives attempted to retrace Vasquez’s steps and figure out when he was last seen alive and what he was doing prior to being shot.

Vainuku said it was unknown Monday whether the shooting occurred close to the church parking lot or why that lot was chosen to leave the body.

Police originally said Sunday that Vasquez “suffered multiple injuries consistent with homicidal violence.”

Anyone with information about the death — as well as anyone who might have seen Vasquez’s maroon truck in the area where the body was found — is asked to call police at 801-840-4000.


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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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