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SALT LAKE CITY — Detectives assigned to the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Homicide Squad have arrested 20-year-old Roy Anthony Duran in connection to the alleged murder of 21-year-old Isaiah Valerio.

Duran will be booked into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on charges of Murder, Obstruction of Justice and Being a Restricted Person in Possession of a Firearm.

This investigation started at approximately 1:23 AM Sunday October 24, 2021 when SLC911 received information about a shooting near 500 West and 600 South. Officers immediately responded and located Mr. Valerio in critical condition and started performing immediate first aid. Firefighters and paramedics arrived and confirmed Mr. Valerio died on scene.

On Monday October 25, 2021, Duran turned himself into the Clearfield Police Department and was later transported to the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building for questioning.

It is alleged, based on the statements of several witnesses, Duran shot Mr. Valerio while attending a warehouse Halloween party and then fled the scene. Prior to the shooting, Duran was allegedly involved in an argument with several partygoers. Witnesses have also told detectives that Duran punched Mr. Valerio in the head prior to the shooting.

Anyone with information on this case including photos or video of the moments leading up to, during or after the shooting, should call 801-799-3000 and reference case number 21-195834.

Charges are only allegations, and every arrested person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Note: No SLCPD Public Information Officer or Watch Commander is available for interviews. Media with additional questions should email: PolicePRUnit@slcgov.com 

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