On Wednesday, police in Sandy, Utah, said that on Tuesday, a man who lived in Draper, Jeremy Patterson, 32, shot and killed a mom, Memorez Rackley, 39, and her six-year-old son, Jase, and critically injured another son, Myles, 11, in a brief but deadly shooting spree, in the Salt Lake City suburb. Patterson was reportedly infatuated with Memorez and had been allegedly in a previous relationship with the married woman.
According to ABC News, Sandy police Sgt. Jason Nielsen said that Rackley had called in a harassment report to the police about Patterson just three days previously, on Saturday morning. She asked the police to tell Patterson to not contact her anymore. Nielsen did not comment on what the nature of the harassment was or provide further details about the relationship Memorez had at one time with the suspect.
Patterson shot Memorez and her sons after she picked up her children from Brookwood Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon and began walking with them to their house. About six blocks away from the school, Rackley managed to flag down an unidentified passing female driver, who gave them a ride.
After the woman picked up Rackley and her sons, Patterson, behind the wheel of a pickup truck, repeatedly rammed her car. He then allegedly got out of the truck and began shooting at the unidentified woman’s vehicle, also wounding the woman’s daughter, who was in the car with her, along with two other girls who all attended Brookwood Elementary School.
A witness to the shooting, Tracy Finau, said that after the suspect got out of his truck, he went to the passenger side and got out a handgun. He then walked toward the unidentified woman’s car, shot out the window, and walked to the rear of the car, and “shot into the back windows.” Patterson then shot himself, committing suicide.
Nielsen said on Wednesday that the police in Sandy, Utah, are still probing leads. He stated that the relationship Rackley had with the suspect and his motive for the shooting spree was “unclear.” Continuing, Nielsen said that Rackley had been married to someone else, and the suspect was not her children’s father.
Nielsen stated that the woman’s daughter was shot in the leg by Patterson. She was in a hospital on Wednesday, and her condition was reportedly stable. The Deseret News reported the girl was eight years old. Rackley’s 11-year-old son, who is still hospitalized, had to have reconstructive surgery performed on his jaw.
Jeff White, a family spokesman for the Rackleys who has been a friend of the family for thirty years, said that she and her husband had “loved each other very much.” He said that Rackley had been “totally adored by the whole community.”
Patterson did not have a previous criminal history. The shooting took place the day before the last day of school at the Brookwood Elementary School.
The teachers at the school in Sandy, Utah, tried to make the final day of school as normal as possible for the kids there, but there was a heightened police presence that was noticeable. Rackley’s 11-year-old son, Myles, missed his graduation from fifth grade on Wednesday, but his name was read aloud by the students, teachers and parents and they gave the boy “a standing ovation.”
Rackley’s son, Myles, had previously been hospitalized in the same intensive care unit, with the community of Sandy rallying around him and his family. Myles came close to losing his life because of “a tangle of blood vessels in his brain.”
The community of Sandy had prayed for the Rackley family and been there for them when Myles was fighting a “life-threatening malformation.” A family friend, Sarah Weaver, said that when Myles was able to leave the hospital, the community felt like a “miracle” had happened. She said that now, with the deaths of Memorez Rackley and Jase, the community was “heartbroken.”
In Sandy, Utah, Jeremy Patterson, 32, a resident of Draper, shot and killed Memorez Rackley, 39, and her six-year-old son, Jase. Patterson also shot and critically injured Rackley’s 11-year-old son, Myles, and the eight-year-old daughter of an unidentified woman who had picked up Memorez Rackley and her sons as they were walking to their house after school on Tuesday afternoon. The suspect then turned his handgun on himself, committing suicide. An investigation into the shooting, that left three dead, including the suspect, and two wounded, is ongoing.
By John Samuels
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