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Utah Teacher Fatally Shot in Parking Lot [Video]

Utah Teacher Fatally Shot in Parking Lot [Video]

Associated Press

January 30, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY — A teacher was shot and fatally wounded in the parking lot of her preschool Friday, and a 70-year-old woman accused in the attack called 911 and then calmly waited for police, authorities said.

Tetyana Nikitina, 34, a single mother of two children, was rushed to Intermountain Medical Center but died of her wounds, officials said.

Police Lt. Don Hutson told The Associated Press in an interview that the suspect knew the victim but investigators were trying to determine their exact relationship. Several shots were fired at the teacher as she prepared to leave in her car from the Salt Lake Community Action Program Head Start. No children were at the school, but teachers were there for training.

“One of the teachers was in the rear parking lot … when an elderly woman came up and confronted her and eventually ended up firing multiple rounds from a handgun,” Hutson said. He said Mikitina was hit by at least two bullets.

“That woman remained at the scene and also called 911 shortly after the shooting,” he said. When police arrived she “set the gun down and gave up.”

Police recovered five shell casings in the parking lot and five bullets remained in the .38 caliber handgun, Hutson said.

Authorities only identified the suspect as a 70-year-old Taylorsville resident, but the Salt Lake Tribune gave her name as M. Nance Hanson.

Nikitina taught young kids at the program for two years.


AP writer Jackie Quinn in Washington and the Salt Lake Tribune contributed to this report


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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    My heart and my prayers go out to all involved. Such a senseless act which was carried out callously and death is so final. Would it be that each of us take each day as percious as it and return it to the Sender with deeds befitting those who are called according to the purpose of God's calling with a smile, a hug, and let go of those things which are non essential. Emotions turned outward to others in a rage are never a postive thing those who carry out such viciousness will only fall sooner or later.

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    wildsoldier

    over 4 years ago

    1246 Comments

    How sad... Another senseless murder.. prayers go out to the family and friends...

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    7yt43tquma

    over 4 years ago

    7202 Comments

    She was her soon to be ex Mother in law, the teacher was divorcing her son, the teacher's husband. This is sad all the way around, Sad for the woman, and mostly to the babies she leaves behind. Sad for the meddling mother in law who can't control her emotions. RIP Ms Mikitina, now your ex husband will be in line to get full custody because of this horrid act, unless he was involved as well. We will see how it all plays out.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    I think its just terrible to take a mother away from her kids like this!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    sounds like one of those tragedies where no one will ever know the truth, but only the loved ones lost to another fallen citizen

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    Mary Nance Hanson, age 70. Accused of killing a preschool teacher fired five shots at the teacher and then reloaded another five. She did have a concealed handgun license. May the murderer get what she deserves. RIP precious lady and prayers for your two children age 7 and 9.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    My heart goes out to all involved in this tragic scene. Life is so precious and each day is a gift to start over, enjoy and get it right. May God's presence surround the family and friends. Prayers for all..

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Thoughts and prayers for teacher and her children ........

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    Ofc_706

    over 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this tragic loss. Taking a life is unacceptable and should not be tolerated. If convicted G-ma should be put to death!

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    usa_24

    over 4 years ago

    5022 Comments

    Very sad. My thoughts and prayers are with her children.

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    LAWMANTUKES

    over 4 years ago

    6976 Comments

    What is this world coming too..??..!!!

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    FireDad

    over 4 years ago

    7352 Comments

    Here is some more info from the Salt Lake Tribune.. http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_14301668

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Rest in peace Tetyana. Hope and prayers for her children and all of those that were a part of her life. May you all find peace.

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    CPD2073

    over 4 years ago

    176 Comments

    i feel like there is more to this stroy that isnt been reported or that the news hasnt been provided....sorry for the loss

  • shadow_officer

    over 4 years ago

    8572 Comments

    weird that happen...sorry for the loss

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