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Springville teen shot by ex-boyfriend identified; remains on life support

Posted at 10:39 AM, May 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-20 07:40:37-04

SPRINGVILLE, Utah — The 17-year-old Springville girl allegedly shot by her ex-boyfriend in an attempted murder-suicide remains on life support Thursday.

Springville High School student Lily Conroy was identified as the teen who was shot at Hobble Creek Park on Wednesday. Police believe a 19-year-old man who was Conroy's ex-boyfriend shot her before turning the gun on himself.

The man has been identified by police as 19-year-old Masao Kaanga of Springville. Originally, police reported Kaanga was 20-years-old.

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Lily Conroy

Police say Lily remains on life support because her family wishes to donate her organs to a local family in need.

"If there is a family in the local area who is in need of organ donation, contact the Springville Police Department [at] 801-489-9421," officials said in an update Thursday.

A crisis team was sent to the high school, according to a Nebo School District official. The team includes grief counselors who are available to meet with fellow students or teachers.

Officials also ask parents to help their children through the difficult period.

"We ask parents to take time to visit with their children during this difficult time," said Lana Hiskey with the district. "We will continue to have resources available, even after graduation, if at any time students and faculty members need them."

Conroy and Kaanga had allegedly broken up Tuesday, and police had been asked to run a welfare check on Conroy Wednesday afternoon.

According to police, Kaanga is believed to have threatened Conroy.

Kaanga's mother said her son had called to let her know that he would be at the park, which is where police found both Conroy and Kaanga slumped over inside a vehicle.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and school community as we mourn alongside them," said Hiskey.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). You can also text a crisis counselor by messaging the Crisis Text Line at 741741.