Paul Tahi Death | Tivani Lopati Death – 15-year-old Paul Tahi and 14-year-old Tivani Lopati was shot and a third was critically injured. The wounded student was 15 and was hospitalized in critical condition. Police didn’t release that student’s name, but Granite School District tweeted a statement identifying the teen as Ephraim Asiata and said he attends Hunter High.
West Valley police said that a 14-year-old male believed to be the shooter has been booked into juvenile detention, and the gun believed to be connected to the shooting has been recovered. Three other teens were questioned and released. Police said that the motive was unclear but that a dispute between two groups had escalated into an altercation prior to the shooting. The injured victim, identified by the Granite School District as Ephraim Asiata, remains in critical condition.
The two teens who died were freshmen football players at Hunter High School and the injured teen is a sophomore football player.
The shootings took place about 10:50 a.m. along 4100 South, between the northbound and southbound lanes of the Mountain View Corridor. Hunter High School students were released early for the day at 1 p.m. after sheltering in place as a precautionary measure. No extracurricular activities were held Thursday. Hunter High is located at 4200 S. 5600 West, just east of where the fight broke out. Three other schools — Hunter Junior High, Hillside Elementary and Whittier Elementary — also sheltered in place, but protocols were lifted by about noon.
Paul Tahi and Tivani Lopati obituary and funeral service will be released by his family, our prayers and thought are with the family of the deceased.