3 charged with killing outside Salt Palace, including brother of suspect in Aaron Lowe shooting


The fatal shooting happened outside Sneaker Con.

(Salt Lake City Police Department) Salt Lake City police officers respond to a fatal shooting outside the Salt Palace Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. Three men were charged Wednesday in connection with the shooting, which left one person dead.

Three men linked to the death of a man outside the Salt Palace Convention Center this month were charged Wednesday with murder and aggravated robbery, court records show.

According to the charging documents, 18-year-old Nogoweit Kug is accused of shooting and killing Deliford Knight, 41, on September 3 outside Sneaker Con, a sneaker buy-and-sell event. daytime.

Knight was one of several people who, according to investigators, attended several similar conventions and allegedly scammed other attendees through match betting. One of the men charged on Wednesday told police the victim stole money from him.

Deng Mawut Buk, 22, and Joshua Goy Riak, 21, were described by police as accomplices in the murder. Buk is also charged with obstruction of justice because police say he changed his appearance to try to avoid getting caught.

Buk is the brother of Buk Mawut Buk, who was charged last October with aggravated murder in the death of University of Utah football player Aaron Lowe, the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office confirmed Wednesday. .

Surveillance footage from inside the convention center around 3 p.m. on September 3 shows Deng Mawut Buk, Kug and Riak approach Knight, who is seated, and play cards with him, according to the documents. An argument then breaks out and the four men walk out of the room, engaging in a physical fight in the street.

At one point, Kug, Buk, and Riak begin fighting Knight between a parked car and a vehicle stuck in traffic, according to the document. Kug eventually pulls a gun out of his pants and shoots Knight after the man begins to walk away, the document states.

Buk flees, and Kug and Riak then search Knight’s pockets and pull out a wad of cash before also fleeing the scene, the document states.

Police found Knight on the street with a single gunshot wound to the chest. Knight was taken to hospital, where he died.

The next day, police arrested Buk after executing a search warrant. On September 5, detectives arrested Riak.

Kug surrendered to police on September 6. Prior to this, authorities had publicly identified him and warned that he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Riak told police he lost $1,000 to Knight playing cards and accused the man of stealing $2,000 from his pocket. He also told officers he saw Kug shoot Knight.

Police say Buk is a documented gang member and was on probation at the time of the shooting for assaulting a police officer and failing to stop at the command of law enforcement, crimes for which he was convicted in 2020.

Riak is a member of the same gang as Buk, police said, and was on probation for possession of a firearm as a restricted person and theft while receiving stolen property. He was also convicted in 2020.


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