Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner: Utah lesbian couple shot dead 4 months after wedding
Kylen Schulte had lost her brother to gun violence in 2015, when he was a teenager of 15 years
MOAB, UTAH: In a shocking case of homicide, a couple from Utah were shot dead in the La Sal Mountains where they had reportedly gone camping. Kylen Schulte, 24, and her 38-year-old wife, Crystal Turner, who is also known as Crystal Beck, were discovered dead by their friends after going missing last weekend. More alarmingly, the pair had expressed concerns about a creepy man to their friends, just days before they were murdered.
Kylen Schulte's aunt Bridget Calvert has launched a GoFundMe to support her funeral expenses where she wrote, "She has been the moon and the stars since that day she was born. Kylen’s heart has always been full of love and life and God. She was the best sister, daughter, niece and cousin. She was a true free spirit that lived for the joy in her heart not the hatred in the world." She also mentioned how Kylen's younger brother was also a tragic victim of gun violence, who was killed by a friend at the age of 15.
Who were Kylen Schulte and Crystal Beck?
According to their family, Schulte and Beck had been married for four months and were residing as campers in their van for a while. They regularly camped across various sites in the La Sal Mountains of Utah. Originally, Schulte is a native of Montana and her wife hailed from Arkansas.
The couple had gone camping as usual on the August 14 weekend, when they complained to their friends about a man behaving rather oddly near their campsite. Schulte's aunt Bridget Calvert revealed, "They said they were going to go move, they were going to go pack up and move their campsite — that he was still creeping them out." However, there were no further updates from the couple regarding the stranger.
The pair were reported missing after they failed to attend work for two days in a row and were unreachable. Schulte worked as a cashier and hat model at the Moonflower Community Cooperative in Moab for the last four years.
Soon, one of their friends came across one of their bodies in the South Mesa area while searching for them by herself. Later, Grand County Sheriff's Office deputies located the other body. Presently, they are investigating fatal shootings as isolated incidents of homicide.
Meanwhile, Schulte's workplace Moonflower Community mourned their deaths in a Facebook post, stating, "The Moonflower family is heartbroken to share the news of the recent tragic passing of one of our dear employees, Kylen Schulte, as well as her wife, Crystal Beck. Kylen worked at Moonflower as a cashier (and amazing hat model) for the last four years and was often the first friendly face many of our owners and patrons encountered as they walked in the door. Her genuine kindness, radiant energy, and tireless work ethic touched the lives of countless people and will be deeply missed by Moonflower and the Moab community."
In the GoFundMe description, Calvert mentioned, "We do not have details and answers at this time. But what we do know is that we want Kylen to lay to rest with her brother Mackeon Daniel Schulte. My brother, her dad and beneficiary of this fund, will have a lot to cover in the upcoming days as he, unfortunately, prepares to bury a second child. Mackeon was lost to negligent gun ownership when he was shot and killed by a friend in 2015 at the age of 15."