SOUTH OGDEN — Despite receiving hundreds of leads, police still have no suspects in a South Ogden home invasion and double-homicide.

Cyle VanKomen, 24, and Kevin Nelson, 61, were fatally shot Dec. 9, 2016, at 3636 Ogden Ave. A 20-year-old man at the home was critically injured during the incident as well, but he survived.

The investigation into VanKomen and Nelson’s deaths is ongoing, and police have received “hundreds and hundreds of leads or information that could be potential leads,” South Ogden Police Department Lt. Dwight Ruth said Monday.

“We don’t have any suspects per se, as of yet,” Ruth said. “It is still very much an active investigation, and one which we work on every day.”

Nichole Sorensen, who lives next door to the home where the two men were shot, said she doesn’t think the murders reflect the overall safety of her neighborhood.

“I don’t think this happens as much as you think. We feel pretty safe here,” Sorenson said Tuesday morning in front of her house. 


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As Sorensen talked about the shootings and their impact, a cat watched placidly from her front step, a chicken scratched along the porch railing and a dog patrolled the backyard.

“We’ve never had any problems,” she said. “We’ve liked all of the neighbors.”

Her husband, Heath, has lived in the neighborhood for 10 years and always felt comfortable, she said.

“I think this is a one-off,” she said, referring to the murders. 

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No arrests yet in South Ogden double homicide

Nichole Sorensen, 37, of South Ogden, lives next door to where two men were killed in a home invasion Dec. 9, 2016. She said she thinks "it was a one-off" and feels the neighborhood is safe. "This could happen anywhere," she said April 4, 2017. South Ogden police say they're still investigating but have no suspects.

The neighborhood stood together and held vigils for the victims, and Sorensen said she’s confident letting her children play outside.

“You can’t feel unsafe just because that happened,” she said. “It’s really sad, but it can happen anywhere.”

Several days after the shootings, police released surveillance footage showing three masked suspects watching the home, then running away after the shootings. Early in the investigation, police said it appeared the suspects knew at least one of the victims and the shootings were not random.

Police said those with information about the homicides should contact the Weber Dispatch Center at 801-629-8221.

You can reach reporter Mark Shenefelt at mshenefelt@standard.net or 801 625-4224. Follow him on Twitter at @mshenefelt and like him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SEmarkshenefelt.

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