Friends: Domestic rage preceded family's murder-suicide

Friday , February 28, 2014 - 12:30 PM

The Associated Press

SPANISH FORK — The 32-year-old woman who died along with her family in a Spanish Fork murder-suicide last week felt unsafe around her police officer husband and wanted to divorce him, according to her friends.

Kelly Boren’s workout partners RiRi Whiting and Stacy Archuleta said some people knew about domestic problems between Kelly and Joshua Boren and encouraged her to leave him, but they didn’t see his angry side firsthand and didn’t report the situation.

“I didn’t let her out of my sight hardly at all. We’d text 50 billion times a day,” Whiting told The Salt Lake Tribune. “We all knew (about Kelly’s concerns), but we weren’t planning on him just showing up and doing that.”

Whiting and Archuleta declined to give specifics about the issues between the couple, but Whiting says Kelly Boren texted her Jan. 16 saying she wanted to end the marriage and couldn’t stand her husband’s rage. Boren promised to explain more at the gym later that day, Whiting said, but she never came.

Boren’s body was found at her home that night, along with the bodies of her son Jaden, 7, daughter Haley, 5, mother Marie King, 55, and husband Joshua, 34.

Police believe Joshua Boren shot the four dead before committing suicide.

Spanish Fork Police Lt. Matt Johnson said the department was given information “that’s similar” to what Boren’s workout partners told the Tribune, but he couldn’t verify their claims.

A funeral was held Wednesday in Layton for the family, minus Joshua Boren.

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