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California medical resident killed in Utah murder-suicide

January 28, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A California woman in first year of medical residency at the University of Utah was killed by her boyfriend in an apparent murder suicide, authorities said Monday.

Sarah Hawley, 27, was found dead alongside her deceased boyfriend, Travis Geddes, 30, in a Salt Lake City home on Sunday night after a person who rents the other half of the house reported a disturbance, said Salt Lake City Police Sgt. Brandon Shearer. Shearer declined to say how they died.

The couple had been living together for some time, he said. Hawley was from San Francisco. It’s unknown where Geddes was from.

Police had no previous history with either person, he said. Online Utah court records don’t show any previous crimes for Geddes.

Hawley was a “promising young physician” who connected well with her patients, said Michael Good, dean of the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Hawley’s online bio says she loved hiking and camping in the outdoors and cooking and eating good food. She was excited about her residency in Utah because of the proximity to mountains and outdoor activities and because of the college’s training in maternal and child health care, she said.

She had graduated from medical school at the University of California, San Francisco after earning an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Brian Vukelic, her residency adviser, said Hawley stay in closed contact with her family, loved being in the outdoors and was “friendly, fantastic and hardworking.”

She had a passion for serving women and children in underserved communities, said Kolawole Okuyemi, chair of the University of Utah’s family preventive medicine department.

“Her adventurous spirit and love of learning will be missed by all those who knew her,” Okuyemi said.

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