LOCAL NEWS

Community gathers at Hunter High with donations for families of shooting victims

Jan 21, 2022, 11:59 PM | Updated: Jun 8, 2022, 4:24 pm

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — Dozens turned out Friday night to support the families of the two teens that were shot and killed near Hunter High School last week.

The temperatures may have been chilly, but it didn’t seem to matter for the people who showed up to provide some much-needed warmth.

“Some food items, some waters, some money,” Nive Schwenke Tokotaha said. “So we can distribute it to both of the families.”

Not nearly enough time had passed to find any comfort on their own.

“Young ones’ lives have been taken,” Tokotaha said.

Two teens — 14-year-old Tivani Lopati and 15-year-old Paul Tahi — were killed in a shooting near Hunter High School on Thursday, Jan. 13.

A third person, 15-year-old Ephraim Asiata, was also hit, but he managed to survive.

“It really does affect the school, the parents, the students,” Tokotaha said. “It’s just too close to home.”

The shooting resonated with everyone in the community.

“I know the family of these boys,” Tokotaha said. “Just watching my nephew go through the motions, and he wants to do something for his brotherhood, he said.”

So, the plan Friday night was to do something, anything to honor the two boys.

“I had a lot of love for both of them. Great guys,” Jayden Anderson said. “It’s heartbreaking.”

“It’s hurt us, but, you know, we’re a very strong community with them,” Savannah Amosa said.

By showing their support, those here hope the two grieving families feel loved when they need it most.

“It really touches me,” Tokotaha said. “I have kids. As a mother, this is close to home. Very close to home.”

Again, organizers planned to take the donations of food, water and money to the homes of the families involved. They hope it’ll make at least some difference for them to see the support from the community.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

(KSL TV)...
Michael Houck

Police: Man threatening neighbors with knife, leads officers in multi-agency chase

A man is in police custody after "waving" a knife around bystanders and fleeing from police Friday evening.
19 hours ago
Presenters at the Health Relationship Youth Summit asking for final questions. (KSL-TV's Mark Less)...
Alex Cabrero

Utah teens learn more about healthy relationships at youth summit

Teenagers gathered at a Healthy Relationship Youth Summit to learn more about the signs of unhealthy relationships and be able to identify them.
19 hours ago
snow covered bowl in Utah mountains...
Michael Houck

Woman hit by snowmobile while tubing near Peter Sinks

First responders treated a woman hit by a snowmobile while tubing near the Peter Sinks area Saturday afternoon.
19 hours ago
For 29 years, Mike Skogerboe has been to nearly every girls and boys basketball game, and nearly ev...
Mike Anderson

Fremont High School helps support their superfan

Students and teachers at Fremont High School teamed up to help out their superfan who rarely misses a game.
19 hours ago
Charles Alires, 34, was stabbed to death Thursday afternoon on Main Street in Salt Lake City. (KSL...
Brooke Williams

One SLC stabbing suspect in custody, police searching for another

Police are asking the public for help in the search for a second suspect in a fatal stabbing.
19 hours ago
Man accused of exposing himself at Utah store...
Shara Park

Man accused of exposing himself to underage girls at Utah store

The owner of Rad Swim in Highland is warning Utah families after she says a man exposed himself to her associate and several young girls in her store Monday evening.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Community gathers at Hunter High with donations for families of shooting victims