SOUTH JORDAN — A man recently divorced from his wife, who was watching their two young boys in the wife’s Daybreak home on Tuesday, shot and killed both boys before taking his own life, according to police.
On Wednesday, South Jordan police provided more detail about the tragic murder-suicide involving a South Jordan family.
Seth Osborn, 8, and his brother, Ezra Osborn, 10, were shot and killed by their father, 41-year-old Brian Thomas Osborn, who then took his own life inside a home at 4329 W. Pentenwell Lane.
Just after 4 p.m., the boys’ mother, Sandra Ang, arrived at home and found Seth critically injured. She rushed him to the hospital where he died from his injuries, according to South Jordan police.
Brian Osborn had not lived in the house for several months, according to police. According to court records, Ang filed for divorce in July and it was finalized in October.
On Tuesday, Osborn was watching his sons while their mother was at work, according to police.
Police had previously “dealt with the family on noncriminal domestic issues,” but had had no contact with them since November, according to a statement from South Jordan police.
Osborn did not have any criminal history in Utah outside of misdemeanor traffic citations, accordion to court records.
A GoFundMe campaign was started to help raise money for funeral costs, called the tragedy “an unthinkable loss.”
“Ezra was an artistic, imaginative boy who loved to throw parties. He loved making others feel special and was an amazing friend. Seth was a ball of energy! He loved to be outside, play Nerf gun wars with his friends, and finding adventures wherever he could. These boys were Ying and Yang; except for their love of reading. Both loved to curl up and lose themselves in a good book,” the campaign stated.
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