Sandy Police reflect on changes to domestic abuse cases one year after murder-suicide

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SANDY, Utah (News4Utah) — Today marks one year since Memorez Rackley and her son, Jace were shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend, Jeremy Patterson.

“The pain doesn’t go away,” said Sergeant Jason Nielson. “I know that for the first responders as far as first responders go, it’s something that we think about quite often.”

Rackley had a strained relationship with Jeremy Patterson. Days before the murder, Memorez received threats from her ex-boyfriend.

Sandy police say there were lessons learned.

Since the tragedy, they added the romantic partnership to their lethality assessment.

“The lethality assessment is something that we do when we arrive on scene of a domestic (situation),” said Sergeant Jason Nielson. “If they meet so many questions or if they meet so many questions, or if they answer yes to specific questions, a victim advocate is automatically called out. It’s mandatory.”

The law also changed.

Now, Utah’s domestic violence statue allows estranged couples to get a protective order regardless if they lived together.

Police say this case is a reminder to help those struggling with a situation of domestic violence.

If you or anyone you know if in an abusive relationship and needs help, please encourage them to reach out to any of the following hotlines:

The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition
The YWCA of Salt Lake City
The National Domestic Violence Hotlines
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

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