Summarized by Kent Larsen
Friends, kin grieve for Utah crime victim
Seattle WA Times 5Aug99 L8
by Keiko Morris: Seattle Times Snohomish County bureau
and additional articles listed after this summary
The Lynwood, Washington family and friends of LDS Church member Amy
Quinton, 22, are mourning her murder in Salt Lake City just days
before she was scheduled to graduate from the University of Utah.
Police have no suspects in the murder, which they suspect was
incidental to a robbery attempt.
The murderer entered the apartment Quinton shared with Lynn Drebes,
37, who was also in the apartment, apparently through an unlocked
patio door in the front of the apartment. Quinton was alone in her
room studying for exams, while Drebes and another friend, Erin Warn,
were in another bedroom watching a video. Drebes saw the man and
struggled with him and called for the others to call 911. Quinton
then called 911, but was interrupted by the murderer, who stabbed
her. The murderer then attacked and stabbed Warn before fleeing with
the victim's wallets and cash.
Quinton was a stand-out athlete at Meadowdale High School, where she
was a top hurdler and class valedictorian in 1995. She once drove her
track coach crazy by showing up to a meet just minutes before she was
to compete, "She walked in two minutes before the start of the race.
I just about came unglued," said coach Julie Rowe. "That was one of
the fond memories I have of Amy." Rowe later bough Quinton an alarm
"She was very funny and always smiling," said Quinton's former track
and volleyball teammate, Alison Fleury. "I can't even imagine the
pain her family is feeling, but I want them to know that Amy touched
many people's lives."
Quinton was studying Theater at the University of Utah and often
managed to get jobs as a makeup artist, and as a dancer on stage.
"She was a versatile person," said her faculty adviser Richard
Scharine. "A warm and caring person. . . . She was bubbly and
intelligent." She had parts in several campus productions, including
"The Odyssey Cafe," in which a role was written for her.
Quinton's parents recently moved from Lynwood to Salt Lake City,
where they were contacted by the hospital, but were unable to arrive
before Quinton died. "They didn't tell us how extensive it was," said
Judy Quinton. "We later found out that the wound was so severe to the
heart that she was virtually gone by the time she got to the
Friends at the University of Utah hope to set up a memorial fund in
Quinton's name to fund scholarships, says Quinton's mother, Judy. And
the family is trying to deal with the murder. "We are holding up OK
because we have a firm conviction that she is in a better place," her
mother says. "That is the backbone that enables us to see this
through. We believe that we are an eternal family."
Woman's slaying stuns friends in area
Everett WA Herald 5Aug99 L8
By Martha Modeen: Herald Writer
Robbery Likely Motive in U. Student's Death
Salt Lake Tribune 5Aug99 L8
By Michael Vigh: Salt Lake Tribune