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Ashley Hayes Reporting New information is coming out this morning about Trolley Square shooter Sulejman Talovic. In an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, Talovic's long-distance girlfriend described the couple's last conversation the night before the murders.
His murder spree caught her off guard. She said when a federal agent called her with the news, she fell to the ground and couldn't feel anything.
She's 17 years old and lives in Amarillo, Texas. She spoke with Talovic on the phone for several hours the night before the murders.
Monika said in their last conversation on February 11, Talovic hinted something big was going to happen the next day. But when she asked for details he answered cryptically.
She remembers him saying it was supposed to be the happiest day of his life that could only happen once in a lifetime. She also recalls him saying, "It involves everyone and everything" except her, because he loved her too much.
An FBI agent traced calls Talovic made on his cell phone and called Monika. The agent told her Talovic walked into the mall, killed five people and injured four more. So far it seems Monika is the only one Talovic confided in.
Monika never met Talovic in person. They talked on the phone, logging more than 28 hours in minutes. Both were Bosnian refugees and were introduced through their uncles, who were long-time friends. Though they had never even seen a photo of each other, the two talked about getting married.
Other topics they talked about were Talovic's favorite color, food, band and at times the violence both experienced as kids. Monika told the Tribune she was at a loss as to why he would want to kill people. She says that she takes her phone to bed with her at night wishing he would call.
Aside from Monika., the only other person who has said Talovic had problems is a man who used to be married to Talovic's aunt. He told the Tribune Talovic tormented his son, throwing snowballs with glass at his head and also trying to choke him. Police still do not have a motive for the murders.