Posted on May 19, 2005

Woman’s Ex Jailed on Suspicion of Murder

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.