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FRIDAY DATE ENDS WITH 2 DEAD AND 1 IN CRITICAL CONDITION

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A Friday night date ended in gunfire and suicide, leaving two county residents dead and another in critical condition.

According to Salt Lake County sheriff's reports, Mark Maxwell and his niece, Cherrie Seequist, went on a double date Friday night with Cherrie's new boyfriend and one of her girlfriends.But when they drove back to the apartment Maxwell shares with his grandmother, at 7233 S. 700 East, early Saturday, Seequist's former boyfriend was hiding in the bushes, waiting for them.

They had argued earlier in the day, and they were arguing again. Then Maxwell, 19, stepped between the 16-year-old Cherrie and her angry ex-boyfriend. Maxwell took the first .22-caliber bullet and fell to the ground.

Cherrie bolted, but her former sweetheart gunned her down as she ran, shooting her five times - twice in the back, in the wrist and twice in the chest - leaving her dead.

Deputy sheriffs knew who they were looking for. Cherrie's new boyfriend and her uncle's date gave them his name and a description of his car.

But the deputies didn't catch up with him until Saturday morning, when they received a call from a couple who had been riding their horses in remote Butterfield Canyon southwest of Riverton.

They had found Allen W. Bartholomew, 20, in his car. Lt. Ben Forbes said that the motor was running, and a hose ran from the tailpipe into the locked car. The couple had smashed the car window and dragged Bartholomew out, attempted to revive him, but he had been dead for some time - four to five hours, Detective Kathy Diamant said.

Bartholomew's bullet severely damaged Maxwell's liver, spleen and artery. He was in surgery at University Hospital until about noon Saturday where he remains in critical but stable condition, a hospital spokesman said.