Utah man uploads bloody images on Snapchat after shooting girlfriend dead, kills himself after police arrive
Isaac Andre Renfro, 26, is believed to have shot dead Miranda Schachinger, 26, who was described as a compassionate nursing assistant
MIDVALE, UTAH: A Utah mom was killed in an apparent murder-suicide after a suspected incident of domestic violence, the aftermath of which was broadcast on Snapchat, said police. The horrific crime came to light after officers from the Unified Police Department responded to a residence in Candlestick Apartments, near State Street and 7800 South, at around 10:30 am on Friday, May 1, on a report of domestic violence.
Police said they were notified after Isaac Andre Renfro, 26, sent photos and videos on Snapchat to someone suggesting that a woman had been hurt, and that person then forwarded the content to them. UPD spokesman Detective Ken Hansen refused to elaborate on what the photos and videos showed but said they proved "there had been a significant issue inside."
A neighbor who identified herself as Melissa told Fox13 that they were incredibly graphic.
"He showed a pile of blood on the floor and then a table knocked over and made his way to where the body was and showed the lady just laying there in a big pile of blood," she revealed, adding that the videos also showed two assault rifles.
When officers went to the apartment, they asked other residents to shelter in place and started talking to Renfro, who was armed and refusing to come out. Several hours into the standoff, gunshots rang out and all communications stopped.
"He was saying, ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I apologize to my family and my kids.’ And then he just said it was his time to shine," Melissa said.
SWAT was subsequently called to assist and sent a robot inside. When it did not catch any movement, police decided to go on, only to find both Renfro and the woman dead. Both had sustained fatal gunshot wounds.
The woman was later identified as 26-year-old Miranda Schachinger, reportedly Renfro's girlfriend. While the deaths are still being investigated, detectives suspect it is a murder-suicide.
Schachinger's family confirmed her death in a statement and said they wanted people to remember her for who she was, not how she died.
"She was a great mother, hard-worker, and loving to all who crossed paths with her," the statement read. "We would like to thank the amazing police officers, detectives, victim advocates, EMS, firefighters, and other public servants who have sacrificed their time to support, uplift, and mourn with us."
Her mother-in-law Andra Stubbs said she was a compassionate nursing assistant. "I hope people remember how giving she was," she shared. "She took care of the elderly as a CNA and she was in nursing school. All she wanted to do was help people."
"We will make sure that we remind him every day how amazing his mom was and how blessed he is to be her son," she added.
Miranda Wilson, a friend, similarly said the 26-year-old would be remembered for her kindness.
"She didn’t deserve this, and we didn’t deserve to have her taken from us," she said. "She was my very best friend. But if you asked a thousand other people, they would say she was their best friend too because that’s just who she was."