41-year-old Utahna Halona Erickson was found dead inside their bedroom after her husband lost his temper.
A mother in Utah was subjected to the most horrendous fate after her husband allegedly stabbed her to death as her little children attempted to stop their father from committing the crime. Officers with the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake were called to the neighborhood of Midvale on October 28, a little after 6 pm with complaints of domestic violence. When cops arrived at the family’s home at 115 West Settlement Circle, they found 41-year-old Utahna Halona Erickson dead inside while her husband John Weston Erickson, also 41, was suffering from apparently self-inflicted wounds to the neck and arms.
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The couple's two children, an 11-year-old boy, and a 7-year-old girl, had rushed to the neighbor's house, shortly after John began attacking their mother, to call for help. Sadly, they had witnessed the heinous act being committed against their mom. The two had reportedly attempted to fight off their dad in order to save her life. The girl, who was identified as Preslee, had "blood on her face, clothes and severe cuts on her hand," per a criminal complaint obtained by PEOPLE magazine. Court records obtained by the Tribune reveal that the daughter told detectives that she heard her mother scream for help and so she went into the master bedroom only to find her father on top of her. He was "cutting (her) mom open."
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"[She] said she tried to stop her father, John Weston Erickson, from killing her mother," stated the complaint. However, while trying to take the knife away from her father, the girl suffered "extensive injury to her fingers which required surgery to repair," according to the criminal complaint. Unable to stop him all by herself, she ran outside the room to get her older brother, who was identified as Weston by the family. The boy immediately joined his little sister to stop the horrible crime and he kept kicking and punching his father. However, when this didn't work, the boy ran to his neighbors next door. Court records state that Weston told his neighbors "(his) father was trying to kill his mother."
#Utah husband John Weston Erickson allegedly murdered wife Utahna Halona Erickson, in front of 2 children. 7 yo daughter injured trying to take knife away from Daddy. Husband attempted suicide after wife's murder, said he "snapped." #DomesticViolence https://t.co/r4nkSKIyS1— Bad Marriages (@BadMarriages) November 11, 2020
"It was my dad that made it happen," the boy told police officers. Meanwhile, John was found on the bed with "deep lacerations" to his arms and neck and as he was being treated for his wounds, the man admitted to stabbing his wife to death, reports WSOC-TV. "I just (expletive) snapped," he told first responders per the complaint. "One of the sweetest people around took the brunt of my rage." The complaint further alleged, "[John] admitted that he cut Utahna's throat and knew she was going to die." The alleged murderer was taken to a hospital for treatment before being booked into the Salt Lake County Jail. He was charged with murder for killing his wife, child abuse for inflicting serious physical injury as well as domestic violence in the presence of a child.
The Halona Erickson's family expressed in a statement that their hearts had been "crushed" following the death of a woman who they described as "the most beautiful, loving, and amazing soul." Shirlee Silversmith, Halona's mother wrote in a statement, "She made everything beautiful and always went out of her way to bring family and friends together." It continued, "The best daughter, sister, auntie, granddaughter, friend and above all wonderful mother to her two children. Her physical presence in our family will be greatly missed. She was taken from us way too soon in a way that we will never understand."
I’m going to need a few minutes with your dad buddy. Can’t murder anyone else or traumatize kids when you don’t have arms...— Max Charles (@shamusjack13) November 10, 2020
A fundraising page was set up for Weston and Preslee and it has already raised over $31,000. "They have a long and difficult road ahead of them that no child should have to travel, however, we will come together as an army of family & friends to love and protect them. May you all love your kids relentlessly, give your siblings a extra call to tell them you love them and cherish the moments with your parents and grandparents whenever you can," wrote Silversmith. "We miss you Tahna, and we will forever cherish our memories. Until we meet again we'll keep the imprint of your love permanently engraved in our hearts and souls and we will honor you by raising your kids together and staying strong together as a family, #Halonastrong."
Disclaimer: If you are being subjected to domestic abuse or know of anyone else who is, please visit The National Domestic Violence Hotline website or call 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522.