- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Investigators are still trying to figure out what led to the shooting deaths of a baby, her grandmother and another man in a Salt Lake City home last week.

Alexander Hung Tran, 32, was arrested after officers found him Friday night inside the home with a gun. He admitted to detectives he committed the crime, charging documents show. He was booked on suspicion of three counts of aggravated murder.

Tran has yet to be charged. That will likely come later this week, said Salt County Attorney Sim Gill. It’s unknown if he has an attorney.

The victims have been identified as: Lyrik Poike, 2-months-old; her grandmother, Heike Poike, 50; and Dakota Smith, 28, an acquaintance.

Police found out about the triple homicide after elementary school officials called police Friday afternoon when Heike Poike didn’t show up to pick up her 8-year-old grandson. They went to her residence, and found the three bodies, said Salt Lake City detective Greg Wilking.

The baby’s mother is in jail, said Wilking said. Police don’t know who the father is, Wilking said.

Tran lived in the home’s basement and allowed the victims to live on the home’s main floor, but police don’t know if they paid rent as formal tenants or had some other arrangement. Investigators don’t know of any further relationship that Tran may have had with the family or any motivation for the shootings, Wilking said.

Family and friends of the victims are just as perplexed about what happened, and are seeking answers.

“I would like to know if they suffered or if it was quick. I haven’t gotten any answers,” said Carla Guyre, grandmother of Smith, told the Deseret News (https://bit.ly/1KrooBu)

Guyre said her grandson had a tough childhood and was estranged from his parents. He was homeless at the time of his death, having just been released from jail weeks earlier, she said.

Cristine Morales, a friend of the Poike family, said Heike Poike was a loving and doting grandmother.

She was the best grandma ever,” Morales told The Salt Lake Tribune (https://bit.ly/1FYGXcf). “She would give the shirt off her back for grandchildren and her daughter.”

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