SOUTH SOUTH LAKE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – There has been an arrest in a triple murder arrest in South Salt Lake.
19-year-old Gerald Grant was released from the hospital and booked into the Salt Lake County jail for the murder of three late last week.
Grant was the 4th person mentioned earlier by Police learned of him when he went to the hospital for a gunshot wound to his leg.
One of the victims was 17-year old Armando Cuenca Curiel. His uncle spoke on behalf of his family
“He was just a good kid,” said his Uncle Pedro Curiel Uribe. “It was really shocking when we first found out.”
The uncle said his nephew was in the backseat of the car along with the suspect when the shooting started.
“He just shot both victims in the front side and my nephew on the side,” the uncle said. “My nephew was with him, with the stranger.”
That stranger police said was Grant, a 19-year old who was shot in the leg by the nephew.
“I’m thinking my nephew got scared or something, thought he shot him for good with the shooters own gun,” he said. “(It was) his gun, my nephew doesn’t have a gun and then shot my nephew on the side of the rib cage.”
South Salt Lake police found three shot inside the vehicle. All three eventually died. Two were brothers whose family doesn’t want their names released.
But when Grant went to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg, police moved in.
“The most damming evidence were people that Gerald Grant had spoken with,” said Gary Keller with South Salt Lake police. “(He) mentioned he had shot three people.”
Police don’t know the motive for the shooting. But Grant’s attorney met with him before going to jail.
“He was involved in an altercation where of course we know that three people have passed away,” said Richard Gale. “We believe that he was acting in self-defense.”
Cuenca Curiel’s uncle had no idea who Grant is or why all four were in the car together. For now, they’re attention is on a burial for a teen whose life was cut short.
“They feel a little more at peace now that they’ve seen the body yesterday,” the uncle said. “But we’re still trying to stay strong.”
The two families whose son’s were killed come from the same town in Mexico and were best friends in Salt Lake. The family of the two brothers who were killed are requesting privacy.
But Curiel Uribe said the family plans to cremate the body of their son and return it to Mexico for burial. A Go Fund Me account has been set up for donations.