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Uniquely Utah: Fashions from Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience

The Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience brought celebrities and fans from geek culture to Salt Lake City by the thousands, and many who attended did so in costume.

In this week’s edition of Uniquely Utah, Todd Tanner takes a look at the elaborate costumes and speaks with the dedicated people who put them together.

Related story: Photos: Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience 2014

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Body found in Memory Grove, death possibly related to alcohol

SALT LAKE CITY – A deceased man was found in Memory Grove in Salt Lake City Sunday night, and officials said alcohol may have been a factor in the death.

Lt. Eddie Cameron of the Salt Lake City Police Department told FOX 13 News the body was spotted by someone inside the park, and the report came in to police shortly after 5 p.m.

Cameron said the body was found wrapped in a blanket on a ledge some distance away from a path in the park, and he said the death does not appear to be suspicious.

The man’s address is listed as that of a local homeless shelter, and Cameron said the man has a history of substance abuse. The man’s name has not been released.

FOX 13 News will have more information as it becomes available.

 

Experts, residents react to earthquake that shook Salt Lake Valley

SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude 3.2 earthquake just a few miles northeast of Tooele on Saturday night.

While no immediate damage was reported, it certainly shook quite a few homes.

“It’s scary. I’m glad it was just a minor one,” said Melody Addis, who lives in Erda.

As she and her kids were heading to bed Saturday night, they felt a jolt.

“All of a sudden we just feel this major shaking going on,” said 13-year-old Branden Addis.

According to data from seismic monitors, their home was in the community closest to the epicenter of the quake, which is why they felt so much movement.

“It was really light. It just happened to be in an area where a lot of people live,” said Keith Koper, a seismologist at the University of Utah.

While the quake did not register high on the Richter scale, it was still fairly significant in Koper’s eyes.

Local LARP enthusiasts pursue silver screen dream

SALT LAKE CITY — A group of local film makers are turning their love of live action role play into a movie — or what they call LARP.

“LARP stands for live action role play, there’s as many different types of LARP as there are genres of movies and video games, and books,” said movie special effect director Jake Dickey.

Dickey and a few of his friends started working on the script three years ago, but it was a local film contest that gave them the boost they needed to make a feature film–LARP: The Movie.

“What really gave us the jolt forward was the Downtown Alliance has a video contest that they do every year to promote downtown Salt Lake, and we all live downtown so we were like, ‘This is right up our alley,’” said writer and director Nicholas Dunn.

The group won the contest, click here to see their entry.

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Utahns attend Easter services

SALT LAKE CITY — Churches across Utah held Easter services Sunday, and Utahns of various faiths congregated to celebrate the holiday.

FOX 13 News spoke with religious figures at several Salt Lake City churches, see the video above for their comments on the celebration of Easter.

Thousands go the distance in Salt Lake City Marathon

SALT LAKE CITY – More than 7,000 people combined participated in the Salt Lake City Marathon, half marathon, bike tour and 5K Saturday, and the racers wound their way down a course that was new for this year.

The male and female winners in the open categories were both Utahns: Salt Lake City resident Fritz Van De Damp took first for the men with a time of 2 hours, 28 minutes and 18 seconds, marking his tenth first place finish, and Melanie Burnham from Lehi led the women with a time of 3 hours, 2 minutes and 55 seconds.

Full results for all events are available here. FOX 13 News’ Carly Figueora was live along the course, see the video above for her interviews with runners, as well as those who cheered them on.

Suspect in fatal stabbing arrested

SALT LAKE CITY – A man was fatally stabbed in a fight in downtown Salt Lake City early Saturday morning, and Saturday evening police announced they had arrested a suspect.

Salt Lake City Police have identified the victim as Joaquin Gonzalez, 33, of Chicago. They later stated they had arrested Harlin Ramos, 33, and booked him on a felony murder charge.

Police initially stated two people approached the couple before the stabbing. Officials said Saturday evening that they don’t know where the second person is but said that person is not considered a suspect. Ramos was found at a local hotel after police analyzed evidence at the scene.

Salt Lake City Police Sgt. Robin Heiden says that Gonzalez and a woman were either getting in or out of their car near 100 South and 500 West, which is located just west of the Gateway in Salt Lake City, at around 1:20 a.m. Saturday. The couple was leaving a movie, officials said.