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 Christopher James Mosier

Christopher James Mosier

Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death 30 Dec 1993 (aged 14)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot 15 068 4
Memorial ID 35899 · View Source
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Our beloved son, grandson, nephew and dear friend, Christopher Mosier, died December 30, 1993 at his home at age 14.

Christopher was born September 18, 1979 in Salt Lake City to Silvia and Scott Mosier.

Chris is survived by his mother and father; one brother, Eric C. Mosier; and sister, Kira M. Mosier, both of Phoeniz, Ariz.; grandparents, Janet and Jim Mosier, Gladys Cruz Thayne, and David Thayne; great-grandmothers, Felipa Cruz Monteviveo, Uruguay; Garnet Bates, Stevens-ville, Penn.; uncles and aunts, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Christ United Methodist Church, 2375 East 3300 South. Friends may call at the Lindquist's Bountiful Mortuary, 727 North 400 East, Monday, 6 to 8 p.m. Interment in Murray City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Zion's Bank, 4500 South 900 East, to a memorial trust fund in Christopher's name.

Source-Deseret News Monday, January 3, 1994 Obituary


By Brian West, Staff Writer

Nearly 30 detectives have been helping track down leads in the mysterious slaying of a Taylorsville teen who was stabbed to death last week.

A team of detectives from the Salt Lake County sheriff's office interviewed students at Eisenhower Junior High School Tuesday about the death of Christopher Mosier, 14.

Neighbors told investigators that the teen had been experiencing problems with other students at school.

"Apparently his life had been threatened, and he was fearful for his safety," said deputy sheriff Rod Norton.

What information, if any, they may have found at the school is unknown. Deputies are being cautious about releasing too many details of the investigation.

Mosier's mother, Sylvia, discovered her son in a pool of blood Thursday night on the floor of his bedroom at their apartment, 4525 S. 1175 West. He had been stabbed at least twice in the chest.

The victim had been baby-sitting a 2-month-old child that afternoon. The mother of the child stopped by the apartment to pick up the baby that evening, but no one answered the door. She called Sylvia Mosier at work and asked if she knew where her child was. She called her son at home but received no answer.

Sylvia Mosier returned home about 9 p.m. and found her son dead.

"It didn't appear that there was much of a struggle," Norton said. "There were some possible weapons recovered at the scene."

Sheriff's investigators then began looking for the child. The infant's mother returned home with the baby about 11 p.m. and said her husband had picked the child up earlier that evening. Her husband apparently called her from a friend's house and asked her to come pick up the baby because he had been drinking.

The child's father may have been the last one to see Christopher Mosier alive - sometime between 7 and 9 p.m. "He states he simply came home and picked the baby up and said the boy was fine," Norton said.

"We're back to having everybody as a suspect ... One by one you take the people out of the hat and disqualify them as suspects."

Christopher Mosier was described by Eisenhower Junior High School officials as a polite, musically talented student who defended seventh-grade boys he had lunch with daily.

"A lot of the younger kids saw him as their advocate, a big brother who took a lot of these seventh-grade boys under his wing," school counselor Jim Spens said.

Mosier's family has set up a Christopher Mosier Memorial Fund at Zions First National Bank, 845 E. 4500 South. All proceeds from the account will be donated to Eisenhower Junior High School's music department. Deposits can be made at any Zions Bank.

Deseret News Tuesday, January 4, 1994

Teen's killer sentenced

By Linda Thomson
Deseret Morning News

Christopher Mosier would have been 25 next month if he hadn't been stabbed to death in 1993, and his father, Scott, said Tuesday that he misses his son every day and still remembers him as a 14-year-old kid.

Scott Mosier got a chance to speak in court Tuesday at the sentencing of Terry Louis Johnson, who was convicted in June of killing Christopher. Johnson was scheduled to be sentenced Monday, but refused to emerge from the holding cell just outside the courtroom unless he could be unshackled, wear a suit and not stand next to his lawyers.

Third District Judge William Barrett reset the sentencing for Tuesday to avoid a scene in court.

But there were no fireworks Tuesday and Johnson walked in just like any other convicted felon — clad in a jail jumpsuit, shackles on his legs, handcuffs on his wrists and standing near the two public defenders who represented him.

"My life changed forever on Dec. 30, 1993," Scott Mosier told the judge, referring to the day his ex-wife, Sylvia, returned from work to find their son in a pool of blood with more than 20 stab wounds.

"The past 10 1/2 years have been a very tough emotional roller coaster culminating in yesterday's cowardly act of Mr. Johnson not coming into the courtroom," Mosier said. "The game-playing is over. I will never spend another day with my son — Terry Johnson made sure of that."

The judge sentenced Johnson to five years to life in prison for the first-degree felony murder conviction. "It's a tragedy because I think we lose two lives, we lose Christopher's and, I think, yours too," Barrett said. "It doesn't make me happy, but that's the way things are."

Johnson told the court he wanted to offer condolences to the Mosier family for the loss of Christopher, but insisted he was innocent of the crime. "I've never killed anyone, certainly not Christopher Mosier," Johnson said.

He added he was "confident and faithful" that justice would ultimately be served, not only for the 14-year-old boy but also himself and the community when the real killer is found.

Johnson plans to appeal his conviction.

Speaking on behalf of Johnson's mother, Lida, family friend Earnest Blossom also offered sympathies to the Mosier family.

The Rev. France Davis also said he extended empathy to the family of the slain boy and called this a time for healing.

Outside the courtroom, Scott Mosier said the sentencing was anticlimactic although necessary.

"It finally felt good for me to get the opportunity to tell Mr. Johnson — although he tried to avoid eye contact with me — what he had done to my family and how he has destroyed our lives."

He particularly thanked Sgt. Jerry Townsend and detective Todd Park of the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office for revisiting the "cold case" and comforting his family with a resolution.

Johnson told police he picked up his infant son from Christopher, who was baby-sitting on Dec. 30, 1993, and that the teenager was alive and well at the time. But prosecutors said only Johnson had the time and the motive to kill Christopher, and improved DNA testing showed Christopher's blood on a baby blanket that was in Johnson's possession.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004 Deseret News

There is an episode of “Unusual Suspect” on Investigation Discovery (ID) TV “Knives and Lies” (2016) documenting his life, and final days. “The stabbing death of a well-liked teenager in his Salt Lake City home is investigated.”




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