On New Year’s Eve, the body of a woman and her 9-year-old daughter were found inside their Magna, Utah home. Police believe they had been dead for weeks.
Karina Clark, 41 allegedly killed her daughter Madison Clark before shooting herself, CBS News reported.
A church member noticed that something seemed off after he delivered a Christmas gift to the family on their doorstep. That present didn’t move for over a week, so they called the police for a welfare check. Karina and Madison lived alone in the home.
United Police Lt. Brian Lohrke said that the mother suffered from mental health issues. According to CBS, she owned a rifle, which she obtained legally. Both she and her daughter died from gunshot wounds, although Lohrke hinted at further “graphic” details that have not been released.
“We’re not going to release how many [gunshots] or any of that. It’s a little too graphic,” Lohrke told KUTV. “It’s a tragic situation involving this 9-year-old daughter that was killed by her mother who obviously suffered some mental issues that tragically plague our society nowadays."
A motive for the violence has yet to be determined.
"It's one of those situations where we're kind of just left in the dust right now, trying to figure out why a mother had the need to kill her 9-year-old daughter," Lohrke told CBS. "It's a question that we may have forever."
According to KUTV, Karina recently had gastric bypass surgery. A neighbor said she was unhappy about her pain medication, and that Karina was vocal about her disappointment.
A YouCaring page has been created to assist with the family's funeral expenses.
“On December 31, 2017 when most should be celebrating new beginnings and looking forward to living a healthier and happier life our family got news that none of us were prepared to hear,” the family member wrote on that page. “I have tried to find the words to write this and I honestly still feel mute to this heartbreaking situation we are facing heading into 2018 but I am doing my best to stand strong for my family and cousins during this time.”
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