Lisa Rosetta and Justin Hill, Salt Lake Tribune, May 15, 2005
An aspiring veterinarian, Lindsey Fawson often lugged home cats and dogs, birds, rabbits and fish — creatures she fancied.
The 22-year-old mother of two was studying for her GED and hoped to land a job as a veterinarian’s assistant.
“I’ve known her since she was 8 years old,” said Robert Seneca, Fawson’s stepfather. “She was always a good kid.”
Fawson’s life was cut short Monday when her ex-boyfriend of four months, Juan Carlos Diaz-Arevalo, allegedly shot her once in the head in front of her older sister and 3-year-old son.
Fawson, 22, broke up with Diaz-Arevalo twice, said her mother, Tessie Seneca. The first time he threatened to harm her.
Diaz-Arevalo — who has been deported to Mexico at least twice — was wanted for a first-degree felony count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance or counterfeit substance with intent to distribute, and three misdemeanors.
He allegedly admitted to police he intended to sell methamphetamine found in a backpack inside the car police pulled over in February, according to the charges.