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Former Rancho Pico student dead in murder-suicide

Family had moved to Utah just before Christmas

Posted: January 17, 2014 1:31 p.m.
Updated: January 17, 2014 1:31 p.m.

Students at Rancho Pico Junior High School who just got to know 13-year-old Kenadee Oliva last semester were receiving grief counseling Friday following news of a murder-suicide in Utah that claimed her life.

Police in Syracuse, Utah, say 32-year-old Kyler Ramsdell-Oliva shot her daughters, Kenadee Oliva and 7-year-old Isabella Oliva, before shooting herself Tuesday evening.

Kenadee was at Rancho Pico last semester only and transferred out of the William S. Hart Union High School District during winter break, said district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker.

“We are saddened by the tragic loss of a former student. Our thoughts are with her family and friends and with her Rancho Pico family,” Pinsker said in a written statement issued Friday.

The district learned of the shooting Wednesday, and on Thursday morning Rancho Pico Principal Erum Jones issued a voice message that went to all parents notifying them about the fatalities.

Jones, together with her administration team and counseling staff, went class to class on Kenadee’s academic “team” and shared the sad news with her former classmates, Pinsker said.

“Their message was of caring and support, and grief counseling was made available and will continue to be available,” she said. “Additional counseling staff is ready to assist should the need arise.

Kenadee Oliva was involved in school activities, made friends easily and was well liked, Pinsker said.

The Oliva family moved to Utah shortly before Christmas.

Syracuse Officer Erin Behm said the murder-suicide happened a day after the woman’s fiance packed up to move out of the house.

Police haven’t determined a motive for a shooting that Behm says left the boyfriend shocked.

She says the couple called police to the home late Monday when the boyfriend was loading up a U-Haul truck. They wanted officers to referee the division of property, and Behm said they accomplished it without any squabbling.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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