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1 man dead, 2 juveniles in custody after shooting in Kearns

A Unified Police Department car is shown in this undated photo. A man was fatally shot in Kearns Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

A Unified Police Department car is shown in this undated photo. A man was fatally shot in Kearns Tuesday, July 6, 2021. (Derek Petersen, KSL TV)


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KEARNS — Two teen boys have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in Kearns on Tuesday.

Fernando Amaya-Higareda, 23, of Kearns, was driving south on Impressions Drive about 8:20 p.m. when he stopped near 5600 South, according to Unified Police Sgt. Melody Cutler. Amaya-Higareda then turned the vehicle around and stopped near where the two boys, ages 16 and 17, were walking and they approached the vehicle.

Then there was some sort of an altercation between Amaya-Higareda and the two boys, who fired several rounds, according to Cutler.

Amaya-Higareda's vehicle then rolled downhill about 200 yards into a nearby park. The back window of his vehicle was shot out.

The teen suspects ran away but were taken into custody a short time later. Police also recovered at least one gun they believe was used in the shooting, Cutler said.

Investigators believe the three people were acquainted in some way and the shooting was not a random act.

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Linda Williams is KSL.com's early morning web producer. She joined KSL.com after many years at KSL TV. Linda graduated with a communications degree from Brigham Young University and now calls Idaho home.
Ashley Fredde covers human services and and women's issues for KSL.com. She also enjoys reporting on arts, culture and entertainment news. She's a graduate of the University of Arizona.

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