CRIME

EXCLUSIVE: ‘This is unimaginable for us’: sister of killed Utah teen speaks out

Jan 9, 2023, 10:24 PM | Updated: Jan 10, 2023, 11:48 am

PIUTE COUNTY, Utah — The pain is unimaginable for the family who lost their daughter and sister in a fatal shooting.

To them, 16-year-old Jacqueline Nunez was full of life and promise but was suddenly shot and killed Sunday night.

“We definitely need people to be praying for our family during this time,” said Mayuni Nunez, Jacqueline’s sister. 

She is asking for prayers for her family as her family tries to deal with a horrific loss.

“This is unimaginable for us. Never. Never in a million years would I ever, ever expect to hear anything like this,” Mayuni said.

Police said that Jacqueline was found shot to death late last night near a dirt road just north of Circleville in Piute County.

The suspect, her 17-year-old boyfriend, police later tracked down and arrested after 11 p.m. Sunday near Salina, about 70 miles north of Circleville.

The victim, 16-year-old Jacquline Nunez. (Courtesy: Nunez Family) The victim, 16-year-old Jacquline Nunez. (Courtesy: Nunez Family) The victim, 16-year-old Jacquline Nunez. (Courtesy: Nunez Family) The victim, 16-year-old Jacquline Nunez. (Courtesy: Nunez Family)

Mayuni told KSL TV the boy showed no signs of aggression toward her sister. He even attended her sweet 16th birthday party in November.

“She never reached out for help so I’m not sure if we could have helped her or it there was anything we could have done,” Mayuni said. “We thought he was a good guy. But I guess appearances lie because we all thought he was a good kid.”

Jacqueline was a sophomore here at Piute High School. Mayuni said Jacqueline loved all sports playing volleyball, basketball, softball, and cheerleading. She was a teenager who enjoyed life to the fullest. 

“But that’s no longer possible because everything was just so sudden, and now, she’s just gone,” Mayuni said.

And the school district is also experiencing the pain of this shooting.

“There is a lot of pain, a lot of grief,” Koby Willis, superintendent of Piute County School District said. “This isn’t something that happens in Piute county ever. We haven’t had a tragedy like this.”

Putting life on hold for Piute High School as district officials postponed the school’s Homecoming Week and offered mental health services to students.

And Mayuni‘s message to everyone: “I just hope that everyone who’s listening to us and has family members, whether they’re near or far, can spend quality time with them because really, at the end of the day, that’s what matters.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Crime

(Karah Brackin/KSL TV)...
Karah Brackin

FBI warns about spike in financial sextortion crimes against youth

The FBI is putting out a warning to families as they’re seeing criminals have found a new target in our youth: financial sextortion.
14 hours ago
...
Shelby Lofton

Utah lawmakers discussing multiple domestic violence bills to protect victims

A domestic violence amendment bill — SB117 — has made it one step closer to reaching the governor's desk.
2 days ago
FILE PHOTO...
Pat Reavy

Utah sex offender charged with kidnapping teen girl from Arizona he met on TikTok

A West Valley man previously convicted of sexually extorting a teen girl is now charged with driving to Arizona to take a different teen girl back to his home in Utah where he sexually assaulted her.
2 days ago
K-9 Flash and Detective Burton with their award. (Woods Cross Police Department)...
Michael Houck

Woods Cross K-9 earns top award in the nation for arrests

A Woods Cross Police Department K-9 duo received a national reward for their police work on Tuesday. 
2 days ago
Two men accused of stealing a wallet from a car in Lehi, then charging $5,600 in fraudulent purchas...
Madison Swenson

Two men steal wallet from car, charge $5,600 on victim’s credit cards

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying two people involved in a car burglary in Lehi.
2 days ago
Emergency vehicles at the crash location of a freeway chase that ended up with no injuries. (KSL TV...
Madison Swenson

Car ends up in embankment after driving recklessly through Salt Lake County

A pursuit in Salt Lake County ended Tuesday afternoon after the driver struck another vehicle while trying to escape a traffic stop and slid down an embankment.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘This is unimaginable for us’: sister of killed Utah teen speaks out