Police identify 6 suspects in Salt Lake City homicide from 2019

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Posted at 12:41 PM, Feb 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-23 21:45:20-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Police on Tuesday announced they had identified six suspects in the 2019 homicide case of a 27-year-old Salt Lake City woman.

A framed photo of Kathryn Blaire Leavitt on display during a news conference at SLCPD headquarters on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022.

Kathryn Blaire Leavitt was found dead in her apartment on Redwood Road in the summer of 2019. Police initially believed the homicide was the result of a robbery attempt gone wrong.

According to police records, on the morning of July 27, someone kicked down the door of Leavitt's apartment and shot her in the head.

For nearly three years no arrests were made and her case went unsolved. However, the Salt Lake City Police Department announced six newly discovered suspects Tuesday.

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Blaire Leavitt's mother addresses local media during a news conference at SLCPD headquarters on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022.

"The people responsible for Ms. Leavitt’s death need to be brought to justice, we know there are people who have lied and tried to minimize their involvement or their knowledge or any role in this case and we hope those lies end today," said Capt. Victor Siebeneck.

During the update, Siebeneck said they believed all six suspects were present during, or had some role in the crime, but only one of them is responsible for pulling the trigger that caused Leavitt's death. None of them have yet to be charged with a crime.

The suspects named were:

  • Katoa Pahulu
  • Lachelle Fiefia
  • Mapilivai Laulea
  • Timote Fonua
  • Tevita Kofutua
  • Sunia Cavazos

Capt. Siebeneck said some of the suspects may be in Utah or California and asked the public to contact the department with any leads about their whereabouts.
"I am not going to give up until all of the suspects, all of those cowards out there have been brought to justice," said Marie Leavitt, Blaire's mother.

On February 23, Salt Lake City Police announced they had made an arrest of one of the suspects. Lachelle Fiefa was booked into the Salt lake County Jail on one count of felony obstruction of justice.

Police report they believe Fiefa, "willingly drove two of the men involved in the homicide to Oakland, California, despite knowing they had been involved in Ms. Levitt’s murder."

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call 801-799-3000. Callers can remain anonymous.