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 Melba Lorrian Brown

Melba Lorrian Brown

Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death 3 Sep 1925 (aged 23)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
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Memorial ID 128226 · View Source
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The Ogden Standard-Examiner
Thursday, September 3, 1925
page two

Three Others Wounded In Salt Lake Are Resting Well

Salt Lake, Sept. 3 - Miss Melba Brown, who was shot by Dr. Allen Bentz, dentist, late Tuesday night, died this morning at 5:30 o'clock in the Holy Cross hospital from the effects of the pistol wounds. Dr. Bentz was a former suitor of Miss Brown and jealousy is thought to have prompted the shooting. Bentz also shot and slightly wounded Harvey Kirk, companion of Miss Brown, and then killed himself.

Relatives of Harvey Kirk, 26, of Tooele, who was with Miss Brown when the shooting occurred, and was shot through both arms, corrected a report that he had been keeping company with Miss Brown. It was stated that he merely was a good friend of the girl in Logan, where he formerly was a football player at the U.A.C. He had brought Miss Brown and her sister from Tooele to Salt Lake, where Melba Brown expected to teach at the Roosevelt school during the coming year. Kirk's condition is not serious.


Funeral services for Dr. Bentz, who committed suicide following the shooting of the girl and Kirk, will be held in the S. M. Taylor chapel at 12 o'clock noon, Friday. The body may be viewed by friends at the chapel prior to the services. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet cemetery.

Bentz committed suicide in a vacant lot at approximately 1055 East Fourth South street, to which he had run after firing at the girl and Kirk near the home of Mrs. R. R. Russell, 323 Tenth East street. Late Wednesday a bottle half filled with poison was found on the lot near where his body was discovered...

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  • Maintained by: Anne
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 128226
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Melba Lorrian Brown (8 Sep 1901–3 Sep 1925), Find A Grave Memorial no. 128226, citing Murray City Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Anne (contributor 46788213) .