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Former Santa Clarita Students, Mother Killed In Utah Murder-Suicide

Former Santa Clarita Students, Mother Killed In Utah Murder-Suicide

A former Santa Clarita Valley woman and her two children were killed in an alleged murder-suicide Tuesday, according to Syracuse, Utah, police officials.

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Kyler Ramsdell-Oliva, 32, reportedly killed her daughters Kenadee Oliva, 13, and Isabella Oliva, 7, before turning the gun on herself, said Lt Heath Rogers of the Syracuse Police Department.

Police Department officials were called to the home the night before, Rogers said, regarding a potential domestic incident.

“We were called on that (house) the night before, it was more of a ‘keep the peace’ civil standby,” Rogers said, declining to give the fiance’s name.

“(He called us to) watch the place while the fiance took some stuff out of the house,” he said.

The fiance is not suspected of any wrongdoing, officials said.

The 13-year-old Kenadee was a former Rancho Pico Junior High student was one of three victims killed in an alleged murder-suicide in Utah, according to officials.

“We were made aware of this on Wednesday and immediately, on Thursday morning, parents were notified — an voicemail was sent to all parents to let them know of her tragic death,” said Gail Pinsker, spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

“The message to parents also is to alert them that their student may be upset about this,” Pinsker said, adding that resources continue to be available for students interested in grief counseling services.

The student, 13-year-old Kenadee Oliva, would have been an eighth-grader at Rancho Pico, but she was pulled out of school at winter break, Pinsker said.

“If the parents have a concern and the child doesn’t want to approach someone at school, then the parent can come in,” Pinsker said, adding that counselors talked to students on Oliva’s “academic team,” at the school.

“We want to have very open lines of communication right now,” Pinsker said.

Isabella was enrolled in Helmers, for a short time, and then briefly was enrolled in West Creek Academy before she was also taken out of school in 2013.

“These kinds of situations are not just touching on children, they’re touching on adults, too,” said Dr. Joan Lucid, superintendent for the Saugus Union School District.

If a child has an issue with the death, they can contact a teacher regarding school-counseling services, Lucid said.

“These are not things that you deal with every day,” she said, “and so you need professional support when this type of situation happens.”

Both students were attending local schools in Syracuse, a suburb about 25 miles north of Salt Lake City, at the time of their deaths. 

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Former Santa Clarita Students, Mother Killed In Utah Murder-Suicide

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