Gunman enrolled, left Utah college

The man believed to have shot four Grand Junction residents, killing two of them, on Saturday remains very much a mysterious figure.

Stefan Alexander Martin-Urban, 22, was reported missing by an aunt in Lakewood. She said
Martin-Urban had taken her Honda CR-V, but she declined to make a formal report, Lakewood police said.

Martin-Urban also lived for a brief time in St. George, Utah, where he had a short-lived academic career at Dixie State College of Utah. Contrary to published reports, Martin-Urban wasn’t enrolled in the well-regarded dental-hygienist program at Dixie, officials said.

He did enroll in January in several classes, but on Feb. 18 he received “what is termed a walk-away F” for failure to attend the classes, Steve Johnson, director of public relations for Dixie, said.

The classes in which Martin-Urban, a 2005 graduate of Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, Alaska, did enroll were introduction to writing; elementary general organic chemistry; college algebra and pre-calculus; information literacy, an online class; and mountain biking.

A large gap in his life remains between his time in St. George and when he moved to Lakewood about seven weeks ago.

He did return briefly to Alaska during that period, Lakewood Police Investigations Division Chief Dan McCasky said.

Martin-Urban’s aunt told Lakewood police Friday morning she was worried about the missing man.

Martin-Urban was upset because of the death of his father in December, but his aunt played down worries he might be suicidal, Lakewood police said.

She opted not to file a missing-person or a stolen-car report and told officers she’d wait because she expected him to walk through the door any moment, McCasky said.

She was unaware, however, that he purchased a handgun in Lakewood on Oct. 2.


The Rocky Mountain News contributed to this report.


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