Family of man slain on Easter issues statement, police issue 'investigative' photos

Matthew Holt

(KUTV) The family of Matthew Holt, found shot to death on Easter Sunday, released a statement Wednesday painting a picture of his life before he was killed. Police do not yet have a suspect or motive for his killing.

South Salt Lake Police Department also released some photos of people they believe were in the area at the time when he was killed. The photos are poor quality and are not of suspects but police said they "may have seen something of investigative interest."

The family said in the statement that they are grieving and that the world is less sunny without him. It also detailed health issues that he dealt with for "all 46 years of his life."

He survived 35 surgeries, endured 9 years of dialysis, and persevered through 2 kidney transplants – the last of which was over 26 years ago making Matt a walking miracle.

The family said anyone who knew him would say he never complained and that he endured his challenges with a smile.

It said Matt graduated high school with honors and graduated Summa Cum Laude in psychology from Westminster College. The family also asked for privacy to grieve. The entire statement is included below.

Police, still looking for a suspect or a motive, said Holt's homicide investigation is ongoing. Investigators want to identify the people in photos sent out to the media Wednesday. They believe people in the images were walking on the Jordan River Parkway Trail on Easter Sunday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the area of 3110 South.

The family also asked it its statement that anyone with information about his death call South Salt Lake dispatch at 801.840.4000. As police have stated previously, all calls and callers are considered confidential and callers can remain anonymous.

Police are asking the community if anyone in the area of 3200 South and 900 West, on Easter Sunday, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. may have seen Holt or the black Mazda he was found in.

The man who discovered the body said he saw the victim's lower body in the car while his upper body was out of the car, his head on the ground bleeding. He was there to do his usual Sunday check on his shop, saw Holt's body in one of parking spots at his building.

Officer Gary Keller of South Salt Lake said police have not determined what Holt was doing in that area.

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