World News – US – Killed college family in Utah confront killer


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Family members of a Utah student who was found strangled and burned last year after a search for her that caught the attention of the nation called the man who pleaded guilty to his murder a « monster » on Friday as they confronted him before he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole

Mackenzie Lueck’s father Gregory Lueck told Ayoola A Ajayi that he had no compassion for him because Ajayi had shown no compassion for his daughter, and said he hoped that ‘Ajayi will spend the rest of his life in prison looking over his shoulder with fear

Ajayi admitted to planning the death of 23-year-old Lueck, whom he met on a dating app and arranged to meet in a park After they returned home, he tied her up and strangled her , then burned and hid her body while police and her relatives searched for her, authorities said

“I’m not even sure you have anything to look forward to in the afterlife, if you believe it,” said Gregory Lueck “My daughter Mackenzie Lueck was a sweet and amazing young lady with the world ahead. she was a caring person who cared about others Now, I will not have the opportunity to see her thrive in life « 

Her cousin, Carly Stevens, said in tears: « It’s a nightmare you can’t wake up from I’ll never be able to forgive what happened to her I’ll never forgive the monster that took her life Never in my life i have not felt anger like i have for the last 16 months i have never been so afraid for my life because i know how real evil is in this world « 

The Lueck family hadn’t said much publicly since their daughter’s charred remains were found in the summer of 2019 in Ajayi’s backyard in Salt Lake City Ayaji later told police that he buried the rest of her body in a shallow grave in a canyon nearly 100 miles north, where she was found with her arms tied behind her

Ajayi, 32, listened with his head down as Lueck’s parents and cousins ​​spoke at the hearing in Salt Lake City, which was broadcast live by media When he had the opportunity to speak, he apologized to Lueck’s parents in a brief statement

« Mr. and Mrs. Lueck I’m sorry for what I’ve done I deserve what I’m going to get » said Ajayi « I know that won’t bring her back »

Ajayi pleaded guilty earlier this month to aggravated murder and desecration of a corpse in a deal with prosecutors that removed the possibility of the death penalty Prosecutors have dropped charges of aggravated kidnapping and ‘obstruction of justice

Originally from Nigeria, Ajayi held a green card that allows him to work and live legally in the US, prosecutors said He was an information technology worker who had stints with top companies and has been briefly in the National Guard

Authorities never discussed the motive for the murder, but prosecutor Marc Mathis told the hearing evidence suggested Ajayi wanted to know what it was like to kill someone

Lueck went missing in June 2019, after returning from a return trip to El Segundo, Calif., for his grandmother’s funeral Lueck took a Lyft to meet him at a park, prosecutors said His phone was turned off a minute after the last text and never turned on

Ajayi planned the murder before the meeting at the park and turned off the video in his home security system before heading out to meet him, Hamilton said When they returned to his home in Salt Lake City, Ajayi tied her up and began to suffocate her.She tried to stop him, after which he put a belt around her neck, pushed her over her stomach. and strangled her, said the lawyer

Lueck’s mother, Diana Lueck, remembered her daughter as a kind, loving and caring young woman who was a true « spitfire »

Cousin Chloe Stevens said her fondest memories of her cousin came from the summers when the cousin group played in their grandmother’s pool in California It was there that she saw and hugged her cousin for the last time before returning to Utah and being killed, said Chloe Stevens crying

« I replay those last moments together in my head over and over again, grief stricken that I couldn’t keep her with us for a little longer, » she said « The pain of losing Kenzi and the permanent fracture that she left in our family is indescribable It haunts me every day that I could not protect her « 

Sentence, life in prison, Utah, female student

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