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Loss of wife, 3 children ‘almost unbearable,’ Grantsville father says

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Colin Haynie clasps his hands in Grantsville on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, as he talks about about the loss of his wife and three of his children. Police say his 16-year-old son opened fire on his family last week.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

GRANTSVILLE — Colin Haynie “can hardly comprehend what has happened,” his attorney said Thursday.

The Grantsville man lost his wife and three of his children after police say his 16-year-old son opened fire on his family last week, shooting them one by one over a five-hour period. His attorney released a statement on the father’s behalf, marking the first words expressed publicly by the man since the tragic incident.

The losses, Haynie said through his attorney, David Isom, are “almost unbearable.”

Later, Haynie himself expressed gratitude to the community that has also been affected by his family’s tragedy.

“I want to extend a thank you to the community, both local and extended. The outpouring of love and support has been overwhelming,” a solemn Haynie said.

“At first this seemed to be a family tragedy, but as time has gone on it’s become very clear that it’s affected far more than my family — or even the local community. We appreciate all who have been so generous in giving time and help and resources in making this difficult time less difficult for us,” he said.

Isom said Haynie was also wounded on Friday, but “he expects to recover fully from those injuries.”

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A photograph of the Haynie family, including four members killed and one injured in a shooting in Grantsville on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The family members are, from left, Colin Haynie, his wife, Consuelo Alejandra Haynie, and their children – Matthew, Colin, Danny, Milan and Alexis.

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Haynie was shot in the leg on Jan. 17 at his house shortly after arriving home. What he didn’t know at the time was that his wife, Consuelo Alejandra Haynie, 52, and three of his children, ages 12, 14, and 15, were already dead.

On Wednesday, Colin Jeffery “CJ” Haynie, 16, was charged as an adult in 3rd District Court with four counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted aggravated murder, and five counts of discharge of a firearm. All of the charges are first-degree felonies.

After the shootings, Colin Haynie went with his son to the hospital where he was treated for his injuries and his son was arrested by police.

Tooele County Attorney Scott Broadhead said Wednesday that his office had not talked to the father yet to get his side of what happened. Isom said Thursday, however, “Of course, Colin is cooperating with law enforcement and with the judicial proceedings.

“As I am sure you can understand, Colin can hardly comprehend what has happened. As he looks forward, Colin will need, and he respectfully requests, time and privacy to grieve and to heal himself and those he loves, including both of his sons,” according to the statement.

Funeral services for Alejandra Haynie and their children — Milan, Alexis and Matthew — will be held Friday at noon at the Grantsville Stake Center, 550 E. Durfee St., with an interment to follow at the Grantsville City Cemetery.

President Jason Killian, president of the family’s Grantsville Utah Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said the shootings may never be completely understood.

“There is so much about this that we may not ever understand. There are no simple answers. We love Colin and Danny and will continue to help in healing,” President Killian said in a statement, referring to the father and his oldest son, a Utah Valley University student. “We mourn together and try to comfort one another. In our community it feels like something has changed inside us because of these deaths.

“But through the power of Jesus Christ, we can choose what that change inside us becomes. Peace, hope, and light are possible regardless of the surrounding circumstances. We can choose to love with sincerity, show concern for our neighbors, serve one another, mend relationships, deepen our faith and keep our covenants. These changes need to go beyond this week and this sorrow, to become a deeper part of who we are and how we live together.”

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Ribbons and a sign line a Grantsville street on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in honor of the Haynie family. Police say 16-year-old Colin Jeffery “CJ” Haynie opened fire on his family last week, killing his mother and three siblings.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News