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Parents Of Man Shot And Killed Issue Open Letter To Community

PROVO, Utah — An answer to if a man was justified in shooting and killing another man in Provo is a step closer, after Provo Police have turned their investigation into the death of Jeremy Sorensen, over to the Utah County Attorney.

It comes as Sorensen’s parents released an open letter to the community, saying they are hoping for an honest and just conclusion to their son’s case.  Their letter was released by the Provo Police on the department’s Facebook page.

“They wanted to reach everyone and thank those who rendered aid who came forward as witnesses and also officers who rendered aid and assisted in this investigation, they wanted to thank everyone,” said, Sgt. Nisha King.

Saying they are deeply saddened over his death, Sorensen’s parents, who live in Orem, say they appreciate all those who helped their son and showed compassion to him.

It was a violent scene in a quiet Provo neighborhood on the evening of June 3rd, when Sorensen, age 26, was shot and killed.
A man called police and said he shot Sorensen, after he saw him assaulting an 18 year old woman, described by police as an acquaintance.

Prosecutors will determine if the 22-year-old man identified in court records as Adam Taylor, will face charges or was legally justified in using deadly force.
Police turned over their case on Thursday, spending more time on investigating, after a public plea for witnesses to the incident, resulted in several people coming forward to detectives.

“When we put out our request for anyone who had witnessed the incident we actually had a number of people reach out to us so Detective Shade as well as our investigations division, spent numerous hours countless hours interviewing everyone who had information to contribute,” Sgt. King added.

Police say it is possible that the county attorney’s office could come back to them and ask for additional information before a decision is made. It’s still unclear when that final report from the county attorney will be released, according to a spokeswoman for the office.

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