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Possible murder-suicide reportedly posted to Snapchat


Possible murder-suicide reportedly posted to Snapchat

Warning: This article contains descriptions of domestic violence.

Cellphone footage captured on Snapchat appears to show a possible murder-suicide in Utah, local news outlets report. 

According to police, two people—Miranda Schachinger and Isaac Andre Renfrow—were found dead on Friday inside an apartment unit after a domestic violence dispute

Video captured by the duo’s neighbors shows a heated exchange between the two, and Renfrow with a gun. A domestic violence call to 911 sent officers to their apartment just after 10:30pm, Fox 13 reports. Renfrow refused to come out of the apartment. 

Apparently, that’s because he was filming inside of the apartment. A woman identified by Fox 13 only as “Melissa” said she saw several videos Renfrow posted to Snapchat.

“He was saying, ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I apologize to my family and my kids.’ And then he just said it was his time to shine,” Melissa told the news station. 

“He showed a pile of blood on the floor and then a table knocked over and made his way to where the body was and showed the lady just laying there in a big pile of blood,” she added. 

After Melissa and others who saw the videos on Snapchat alerted police and shared copies of the video, police used that to try to negotiate with Renfrow and evacuate the apartment building. 

Renfrow ceased communication with the police several hours after the standoff. That’s when shots were fired and a robot sent inside the apartment before SWAT found both bodies.

“Our whole point of the negation was to get these persons out alive. It’s unfortunate that that didn’t happen,” Unified Police Detective Ken Hansen said.

If you are a victim of domestic abuse or want more information on domestic violence and resources for victims, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline online or at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

For more information about suicide prevention or to speak with someone confidentially, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (U.S.) or Samaritans (U.K.).


H/T Fox 13

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*First Published: May 2, 2020, 10:31 am

Alexandra Samuels

Alexandra Samuels is a political reporter at the Texas Tribune and contributor to the Daily Dot, where she started as an intern covering politics in the summer of 2016. She enjoys Marvel movies, baking, and reading murder-mystery novels.

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