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Victim of deadly Utah Tinder date stabbing identified

Ashlyn Black. (Layton City Police Department)
Ashlyn Black. (Layton City Police Department)
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(UPDATE) — The Layton City Police Department has identified the victim of Sunday morning's homicide as 25-year-old Ashlyn Black of Layton.

In a tweet, Layton police said:

The victim of Sunday morning’s homicide was 25 year old Ashlyn Black of Layton. We have included a picture of her at her families request and extend our condolences to all of them."

Ashlyn Black's family released a statement on Monday night calling her murder "as senseless as it was evil."

A GoFundMe was established to help with funeral expenses. It can be found here.

(KUTV) — A 25-year-old woman was killed during an overnight Tinder meet up early Sunday morning in Layton.

Layton Police Department received a phone call from 24-year-old Ethan Robert Hunsaker at 3:20 a.m. telling officers that he killed a person inside his residence near 1300 North Reid Avenue. Responding officers found the female dead on the floor with multiple stab wounds to her torso, the press release stated.

Hunsaker was arrested for murder and booked in the Davis County Jail. He admitted to officers that he killed her by choking and stabbing her, arresting documents state. Hunsaker said he had only learned the victim's first name through the dating app. Her identity was not released by officials at this time.

The victim and Hunsaker matched with each other on Tinder the same night she was killed; the two had known each other for less than 24 hours. Their date started at approximately 9 p.m. on Saturday when he picked her up and the two went to a local bar. They ordered alcoholic drinks and visited for a short while before heading back to Hunsaker's home.

WARNING: The arresting documents obtained by 2News contain graphic details offered by Hunsaker to investigators about what happened at his home explaining how the victim was killed. Continue reading at your own discretion.

Hunsaker was the sole renter of the home which lacked furniture, investigators described. After entering the home the two engaged in "intimate relations" in one of the three bedrooms of the home on the floor. The two continued to lie on the floor cuddling afterwards. Hunsaker woke up and began to choke the victim "for as hard as he could for one minute," he described to officers. She attempted to fight off Hunsaker – and in the process – scuffed up Hunsaker's arms, neck and shoulder areas.

Arrest documents state Hunsaker then stood up and retrieved a "spring assisted pocket knife that had about four inch blade" from the kitchen. He told investigators he then kneeled over the victim and stabbed her between five to ten times in the chest, sides and back.

Hunsaker watched the victim bleed out for approximately 10 minutes before calling 911 to turn himself in. During the phone call, he told dispatch that he "did not know" the victim and that he would like officers to kill him upon arrival. He described to dispatch he had weapons and what knife he used to stab her.

Layton Fire Department attempted life-saving measures on the victim but it was too late. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

After getting transported to the Layton Police Department, Hunsaker told officers he wanted to kill her after. He told officers he was diagnosed with mental health illnesses and struggled with daily thoughts of homicidal actions and suicide. Hunsaker said he takes prescribed medications for those mental illnesses.

Free, confidential help and support for victims and survivors of domestic or intimate partner violence is available 24/7 at or 1-800-897-LINK (5465).

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