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Man who murdered girlfriend dies 3 days after shooting self, police say

A man who police say fatally shot his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself has died from his injuries.
A man who police say fatally shot his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself has died from his injuries.
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NORTH LOGAN — A man who police say fatally shot his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself has died from his injuries.

Christian Emerson, 26, died at 9:21 p.m. Tuesday at a Salt Lake City hospital, three days after allegedly killing his girlfriend, according to a statement from the North Park Police Department.

Police said Wednesday the case remains open "in an attempt to answer questions and to identify what may have led up to the tragic events of Feb. 7."

Amanda Hoyt, 26, was found dead in the passenger seat of a vehicle just before midnight Saturday in the Canyon Ridge Estates area. Hoyt's small dog was also found in the vehicle unharmed.

Many questions remained unanswered Wednesday, such as whether Emerson had been driving at the time shots were fired, where the couple was headed, and whether investigators believe the shootings were premeditated.

Family members said Emerson and Hoyt had been dating about a year and they did not see any red flags of possible problems in their relationship.

Hoyt, who was diagnosed with diabetes at age 9, had been on dialysis for more than a year and had a pancreas kidney transplant last summer.

In a prepared statement released by the Hoyt family Monday, they said, "Amanda's life was renewed June 2014 following a double transplant after a lifelong battle with diabetes. She had a bright outlook on life and was looking forward to a future as a nurse. Amanda had such a kind heart and will be terribly missed. Our family has been devastated by this tragic event and our thoughts are with Christian's family at this time."

Emerson was listed on the sex offender registry for a 2007 rape conviction in Oregon.

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