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Second man arrested in Salt Lake City homicide; suspected shooter still at large

Sep 5, 2022, 6:44 PM | Updated: 10:43 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — A second individual has been arrested in connection to a shooting that left one person dead in downtown Salt Lake City.

Officials with the Salt Lake City Police Department said 21-year-old Joshua Riak was arrested Monday following a traffic stop on Modesto Avenue, just west of Modesto Park.

“Riak will be booked into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on one count of Murder and one count of Aggravated Robbery,” read a Monday evening press release from the SLCPD.

Deng Buk, 22, was arrested Sunday for the same crime.

“It is alleged Riak and 22-year-old Deng Buk aided and abetted 18-year-old Nogolweit “Nunu” Kug in the shooting death of 41-year-old Deliford Knight,” the release stated.

The shooting took place near 150 S. West Temple Street at approximately 3:19 p.m. Saturday.

Police said Knight and his friends had flown to Salt Lake City from Florida to attend a sneaker convention at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

“According to information provided to detectives, Knight and his friends have traveled to similar conventions in different states where they engaged in betting matches to defraud people out of money,” the release stated.

It is alleged that one of the suspects lost money to Knight and became angry, according to police.

The suspects then followed Knight out onto West Temple where a fight ensued.

“While on West Temple, the three suspects started fighting with Knight, assaulting him, and tried to get back the lost money,” the release stated.

Police said at some point, Kug, while in the presence of Buk and Riak, took out a gun and shot Knight. Kug and another suspect also allegedly took items out of Knight’s pockets — including a cell phone and cash — before leaving the scene.

Detectives believe Kug may have left Utah, but his location and method of travel is unknown.

Police said Kug should be considered armed and dangerous.

“Anyone with information on his location should call 9-1-1 immediately.”

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