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Parents of slain attacker accept no-charge decision

December 21, 2019 GMT

OREM, Utah (AP) — The parents of a man fatally shot when a passerby intervened to stop an attack on a woman says they’re at peace with prosecutors’ decision to not criminally charge the man who killed their son.

Kathleen and Paul Sorensen of Orem told KSL that their 26-year-old son, Jeremy Sorensen, had been a kind and caring boy but had mental health issues and difficulty expressing his emotions. They said that led to his June 3 violent outburst toward the woman whom he mistakenly regarded as his girlfriend.

The Utah County Attorney’s Office decided against filing criminal charges against 22-year-old Adam Tayler. He’d driven up to a Provo apartment complex, saw the attack underway and ordered the Sorensens’ son to stop.

As the woman escaped, Jeremy Sorensen moved toward Taylor, who fatally shot him.

The Sorensens said the their son″s death was heartbreaking but that they feel compassion toward Taylor and believe the investigation was fair and compassionate.

“It will never go away, but, we’re really at peace about Jeremy,” Paul Sorensen said.