Dozens gather to honor Enoch family killed after domestic murder one year ago
Jan 4, 2024, 10:13 PM | Updated: Jan 5, 2024, 10:05 am
ENOCH — Dozens of people filled the Enoch Elementary School gymnasium Thursday night to pay tribute to the Haight family one year after they were killed.
“It seems crazy that it’s already been a year,” said friend Wendy Morris.
The “Celebration of Life, Memorial Event” was put together in three days by a few friends and neighbors of Tausha Haight. Police said she, along with her mother, Gail Earl, and the five Haight children: Macie, Briley, twins Ammon and Sienna, and Gavin, were killed by Tausha’s husband, Michael Haight, before he took his own life.
“Some of us just wanted to… gather people and do this memorial, so we just gathered as a community,” Morris said.
Several people who are friends or former teachers of each of the seven victims shared their favorite memories, which Morris hopes allowed many to continue to heal.
“(This) literally impacted little kids all the way up to every age of adult,” said Cindy Jones, a licensed clinical social worker in Iron County.
Jones addressed how many of those close to the family are still dealing with trauma brought on from last year.
“I think time helps (heal wounds), but time does not reprocess trauma,” Jones said.
A photo wall of the victims was also on display alongside a large sheet of white paper, allowing people to write messages that would be shared with Tasha’s family.
“I would hope that (the Haight’s) light and brightness just keeps shining,” Morris said. “They were an amazing family, they had so much to give.”
Plans to build a permanent memorial to honor the family. The Enoch Community Trauma Recovery Committee encourages anyone who may be experiencing trauma during this anniversary to reach out and get help. You can learn more about them by clicking here.
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- Encircle Utah: LGBTQ+ family and youth resource center.
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- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health
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