I write to you today as your mayor and as a fellow member of this community who has become very concerned by recent events that have affected every one of us. I am speaking about the recent homicide and the related incident of graffiti at Grand Oasis.
This is the first homicide in Moab that I can remember in my tenure as mayor. This is truly a tragic event. I grieve for the Campos family and for their loss of a son, husband, brother. I also grieve for the two young men accused of this crime whose lives have been forever changed. My heart also goes out to the families of these young men. This is an event that has had a far-reaching effect on all of us as a community.
We as citizens of this community need to let the legal process work through this issue. I have complete trust in Sheriff White’s and Chief Navarre’s departments as well as the Grand County Attorney’s office and the judicial system, in their ability to see justice carried out.
This is an emotional issue; the recent incident of the graffiti not only adds to this tragedy but also causes mistrust, fear and animosity within our community.
I ask that all of us allow the judicial system to work through this issue, let the facts come out and let us all be unified in this endeavor.
I also ask that you join with me in offering prayers for the victim’s family as well as for the families of the accused. I ask for your patience and understanding as this legal process proceeds.
Let us continue to be the community of Moab that I know that we are, and that I, as the mayor, love and value. I call us to continue to support and care for one another during this difficult time.
—Moab Mayor Dave Sakrison