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

Crime

The mug shots of Ruby Franke and Jodi Hildebrandt obtained by KSL on Feb. 21 2024. It's expected th...

Shelby Lofton

Long-term therapy expected for Ruby Franke, Jodi Hildebrandt’s young victims

After their mother, Ruby Franke, and previous counselor Jodi Hildebrandt were sentenced for aggravated child abuse, it's expected the Franke children will need long-term therapy to heal from the trauma they've endured.

9 hours ago

Susan Orifici...

Cary Schwanitz

Repairs planned for vandalized headstones at Grantsville City Cemetery

Representatives from the Grantsville Public Works Department and the State Historic Preservation Office met with the mayor this week to discuss repairing several damaged headstones at the city’s cemetery.

12 hours ago

SLCPD squad car...

Michael Houck

Salt Lake City SWAT apprehend woman who was threatening roommates with crossbow

A woman aimed a loaded crossbow at three people and threatened to shoot them before SWAT took her into custody Tuesday evening.

13 hours ago

Don Steven McDougal is suspected to be responsible for the death of 11-year-old Audrii Cunningham. ...

Andy Rose, Elizabeth Wolfe, Raja Razek, Holly Yan, Rosa Flores and Sara Weisfeldt, CNN

Suspect in death of Audrii Cunningham charged with capital murder after her body was found

LIVINGSTON, Texas (CNN) — Don Steven McDougal, the family friend accused of killing 11-year-old Audrii Cunningham in Livingston, Texas, is now charged with capital murder, according to court documents filed in Polk County on Wednesday. McDougal – who was already in jail in connection with an unrelated assault case – was ordered to be held […]

14 hours ago

Judge's gavel...

Pat Reavy, KSL.com 

West Valley man charged with having 9 jars of explosive materials in his car

A West Valley man who police say caused two businesses to be evacuated in downtown Salt Lake City is accused of having mason jars in his car filled with a mixture of materials designed to make explosives.

15 hours ago

A homicide investigation in Tooele is proving so shocking, that even the most seasoned police veter...

Lauren Steinbrecher

Police expert: 9-year-old arrested in Tooele homicide investigation not too young to be charged

A homicide investigation in Tooele is proving so shocking, that even the most seasoned police veterans say they've never seen anything like it.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

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