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Crime » Lindon officer who killed his family and himself had raped his wife, report says.

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"She follows up with another message that says, ‘I told Josh if he keeps it up, I won’t let him see the kids,’ " the investigator wrote.

On the evening of Jan. 16, when Joshua Boren didn’t show up for his graveyard shift at the Lindon Police Department, Spanish Fork police arrived at the couple’s 37 N. 630 West home to conduct a welfare check. They found King deceased on a couch downstairs, and the rest of the Boren family lying on the bed in an upstairs master bedroom. Both children had gunshot wounds in their chests and heads, according to the report.

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Joshua Boren sent his last text message the day of the shootings just before 6 p.m. It was for his mother: "I hope you are having a good day. Have a long and healthy life."

His family later told police he had a deep hatred for his mother, because he felt she did not protect him from being sexually abused as a child, and did not provide a stable childhood.

State court records showed no history of violent crimes or domestic abuse involving Boren. Police also said they had not been called to the home on any complaint in the four years the Borens had lived in their Spanish Fork home.

"Investigators received information from interviews that there were marital issues in the past," Johnson acknowledged Monday. "[But] none of [them] had been reported to authorities."

Tribune reporter Bob Mims contributed to this story.


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