Friends and family reeling after South Jordan shooting

Friends and family reeling after South Jordan shooting

Family of two friends found dead in a South Jordan are shocked, attorney says.
SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A family is reeling as police continue to investigate the deaths of two boys found dead in a South Jordan home Friday afternoon.

Police identified the boys as Taylor Wheeler, 12, and Dayton Gessell, 15. Police continued to hold back on the details of how or why the boys died. Their bodies were found in the basement of a home located on 4781 W. Pine Canyon Lane in South Jordan's Daybreak neighborhood on Friday.

The home  belongs to the Hanson family. Their attorney tells ABC4 that people are shocked and still grieving from the tragic deaths. 

"It's very sad," says attorney John Anderson. "The boys were all friends and everyone's grieving."

While the exact manner of the deaths have not been released, South Jordan Police said Saturday that the two boys, ages 12 and 15, were not related and did not live in the house where their bodies were discovered Friday afternoon.

Detectives found three handguns in the residence where the boys died. Three other juveniles, two 14-year-olds and a 16-year-old, have also been questioned and released.

South Jordan Sgt. Sam Winkler called the deaths "tragic."

"A lot of families have been affected by this, a lot of friends. So our hearts go out to them," Winkler said.

On Saturday morning, the boys' bodies were released to the State Medical Examiner's Office, where investigators will determine a cause of death.
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