Police identify 3rd victim found dead in Utah home

KUTV-TV ( ) reports that Salt Lake City police have identified two victims as 50-year-old Heike Poike and 2-month-old Lyrik Poike. The third victim, a male, has still not been identified. He lived in the home’s basement and allowed the victims to live on the home’s main floor, but Chipping didn’t know if they paid rent as formal tenants or had some other arrangement.


The boy is now with family.

According to jail documents, Tran admitted responsibility for their deaths. Alexander Hung Tran, 32, was found in the house with a gun.

“They located three different bodies, all with gun shot wounds”, Chipping said.

Heike Poike was the grandmother and Lyrik Poike the sister of the 8-year-old boy, Chipping said.

Chipping said Tran lived in the basement apartment of the boy’s home and was found inside with a firearm.

Once inside, they discovered three victims who had gunshot wounds along with the suspect. “If you needed someone to talk to, she was there”, she said.

As a police officer checked the boy’s home, the officer looked through a window and spotted what looked like a body underneath a tarp, Chipping said.

“Nobody deserves to die like this.”

The 8-year-old boy had not been picked up from Escalante Elementary School at the expected time, causing school officials to notify police after being unable to reach family members. According to some neighbors, Tran was seen wearing only a sweatshirt and boxers when he was taken into custody, and one neighbor said he drove a vehicle into his mailbox 3 weeks prior.

“They kept saying they bought it for him to give it to him”, Fullmer said.

“He’d be beating on the doors, beating on the walls, things of that nature”.


Curtis Crosby, 30, was arrested in Layton on Friday and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail under suspicion of aggravated robbery and using a hoax device.

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