Midvale homicide victim remembered as loving man struggling with addiction
Omar Paul Jarman was a man with a huge smile and a loving heart a wonderful person who worked hard when he was off drugs.
But for years he fought his own personal battle with methamphetamine addiction. It was that addiction that may have placed him in the wrong place at the wrong time, and allegedly in the path of 25-year-old David Fresques' bullets.
Unified Police said the 35-year-old Jarman was one of three people allegedly gunned down by Fresques on Tuesday inside a known Midvale drug house on Tuesday.
Fresques was arrested Wednesday night. Police are still seeking an unnamed second man in connection with the triple homicide.
"What these two men have done regardless of the circumstances we don't really know what happened or why is going to devastate a lot of lives for a lot of time," said Jarman's sister Cathy Candelaria. "One simple act is never one simple act."
Three boys including an infant who never got to meet his father are now without a father, and a family is reeling in grief.
"He was so loving. So kind," Candelaria said of her brother. "He wanted to be loved and accepted. And I think that's part of what caused this tragedy."
Jarman's parents were serving an LDS mission in Fiji when he was killed but were flying home Thursday morning.
Candelaria said her brother, the seventh of eight children, was adopted from Colombia when he was 10.
"Some things happened to him there that no child should ever have to go through," she said.
Jarman was always candid with his family about his longtime addiction to his drug of choice, but he stayed away from them while under the influence. And he tried to keep the people involved in the darker side of his life away from his family, Candelaria said.
"I guess we kind of feel like he had an addiction that was a disease and he was a victim in that way, as well," Candelaria said.
Candelaria said her brother had lived with her, but she ended up asking him to leave.
"He still loved me," she said. "[He told me] 'I know, I know you did what you did for a reason.' "
Jarman moved in with a neighbor until about three weeks ago, then suddenly announced he had found a new place to stay and moved out.
"We're kind of assuming that that's maybe the place he was staying, but we don't know that for sure," Candelaria said of the Midvale home where he was killed.
By December, she said, her brother had seemingly reached a milestone. He had landed a job he enjoyed and had been clean for nearly a month. But then Unified police arrested him in early January for possessing methamphetamine during a traffic stop.
His life spiraled out of control again. He went to jail, lost his job and began using again, Candelaria said.
Nobody in the family had spoken with him for about three weeks leading up to Tuesday's triple murder. They didn't know Jarman was dead until police knocked on the door at 3 a.m.
"We were shocked," Candelaria said of the news. "But I think it was something we had talked about as maybe an eventuality in his life. But you're never ready for that."
She said her brother was a wonderful man who was simply in the wrong place and with the wrong people at the wrong time.
"It's still soaking in," she said. "We're still grieving, but we're numb. It's surreal."
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