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Handyman murdered in West Valley; suspect reportedly disturbed by construction noise

Posted at 4:00 PM, May 29, 2020

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — Police have arrested a man in connection with the murder of a construction worker in West Valley City Thursday afternoon.

According to police, 30-year-old Jesus Adolfo Valdez Jr. was "disturbed by construction noise" coming from a home near 2900 S 3000 W.

The news of the murder came as a shock to neighbors, Ampelio Hernandez said.

“They are surprised. Because nobody expected anything. I am the noisy guy around here. I am the noisy one,” he said.

"The man had done work on this home previously and is reported to have developed a negative relationship with some neighbors due to noise," a tweet from West Valley City Police said.

The people living in the home found the construction worker unresponsive outside the home just after 4 p.m. Thursday, police said. Further investigation revealed the worker died of a gunshot wound.

This isn’t a neighborhood filled with violence, Juan Martinez said.

“No, no -- I have lived here for 30 years and I don’t know of any problems around this neighborhood,” he said.

Police arrested Valdez in connection with the fatal shooting just before noon Friday.

West Valley City Police have released the name of the victim; 39-year-old Melvin Martinez.