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3 teen boys charged after 21-year-old murdered, body dumped in remote Utah desert: Police

Three teenagers have been arrested in Utah for allegedly fatally shooting a 21-year-old man during a robbery and leaving his body in a “remote desert area,” police said.

The three teenage boys — ages 15, 17 and 17 — are in custody and charged in connection to the homicide of Alexzia “Alex” Franco, Taylorsville police said in a Facebook post.

Detectives were initially investigating the case as an alleged abduction that occurred March 17 in a Taylorsville neighborhood, police said in the social media post. The case took a turn when Franco’s body was found with a single gunshot wound in a desert area in Utah County, according to Taylorsville police.

Alexzia 'Alex' Franco

Before police found Franco, he was seen getting into a white Jeep Liberty on Sunday afternoon, the social media post said. With the public’s help, police found the Jeep in Salt Lake County, and further investigation led to the arrests of two of the teenage boys, according to the post.

Franco’s family spoke to KTVX about the shooting before the teenage boys were found.

“You know, he has a whole family that loves him,” Franco’s aunt Sherry Bennett said. “I feel so helpless.”

Bennett told the Utah-based TV station that Franco was supposed to come over to her house and stay for a bit, but he never showed up. She figured her nephew may have been busy, but then his girlfriend texted her that Franco was missing, according to KTVX.

Alexzia 'Alex' Franco

Bennett described to KTVX how Franco was a “good kid” who she did not think was involved in anything that could have led to the shooting.

“He’s had his tough spots and stuff, but he’s a good kid,” Bennett said. “He walks in the room and everyone brightens up immediately, so it’s really hard to even think that somebody could be so mad to do this to him.”

Alex chose to use “he, him” pronouns, his aunt Krystyn Mace told USA TODAY.

An Ever Loved was created to help pay for Franco’s funeral. So far, the fundraiser has received $8,720 in donations, which surpassed its $5,000 goal.

“We are truly amazed & eternally grateful for the outpour of love Alex is receiving through you all! For everyone reaching out & contributing their kind words, donations, & shares! People from different states who didn’t even know to every family member, friend, teacher, schoolmate, coworkers, family members bosses, & random people in stores or the airport that we’re connecting with,” Zoe Franco, Franco’s aunt, said in a Facebook post. “It’s so amazing y’all!”

Source link : https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2024/03/22/alex-franco-utah-murder/73068282007/

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