Salt Lake police continued Monday to piece together the details of a double homicide that occurred at a west-side party over the weekend.
Donald Newingham, 39, and his 18-year-old son Shane were both stabbed to death during an altercation Saturday at about 12:45 a.m. at 467 N. Morton Drive (1960 West).The father and son were involved in a "combat-type situation" that erupted after they were not allowed entry to a party at the west-side home, said Salt Lake Police Lt. Marty Vuyk.
Those who attended the party said the father got into a fight with one of the suspects. Those attending the party then apparently became involved in the altercation. In the obituary, family members said the two died "as the result of an altercation in which Shane attempted to defend his father's life."
Police recovered at least two knives following the altercation, and four people - all who police say are members of a gang - were arrested and booked into jail.
"Four were involved in the situation sufficiently that we felt it was necessary to maintain custody of all of them," Vuyk said.
Two of those arrested were Anthony Deherrera, 18, and Richard David Gabaldon, 19, who were booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of first-degree murder, according to jail records. Two 17-year-old boys were arrested for investigation of the same charges and were referred to juvenile court.