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Police identify 20-year-old shot, killed at West Valley City apartment complex

Posted at 6:19 AM, Dec 28, 2022

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A 20-year-old man died overnight Tuesday after he was shot at a West Valley City apartment complex. Police have identified him as 20-year-old Xavier Bernal of Ogden.

Police say the incident happened just before 9 p.m. at the Redwood Apartments, located near 4000 South Redwood Road.

Officials got a call from Intermountain Medical Center that the man had died from injuries and determined he had been shot.

The man reportedly traveled from Ogden with two friends to meet someone at the apartments.

“We don’t know if he met up with the person he intended to meet up with. We don’t know if he encountered someone else along the way,” said Roxeanne Vainuku, deputy communications director for the West Valley City Police Department.

The other individuals waited in the vehicle while Bernal was gone.

“At some point, he came back to the vehicle and was stumbling, collapsed, and they realized he was injured.”

The friends rushed him to the hospital in Murray where he died.

No suspect has yet been identified or arrested.

Tenants like Sheri Lawson are saddened to hear what happened but are not surprised.

“There are fights, there are thefts. Everything. All the time,” she said. “I’m afraid to walk outside when the sun goes down. That’s how bad it can be sometimes.”

If you have information that may be helpful to the case or have doorbell camera video between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. that may have captured the suspect or their vehicle, call the police at 801-840-4000.

“Those are the little details that might bring this whole case together for us,” said Vainuku.

“A life is a life. Nobody has a right to take that life. Nobody,” said Lawson.