WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – They live on the property where Kailey Vijil’s body was discovered on July 15, 2015. Now, the family is claiming they’ve received death threats even though they had nothing to do with the murder.
“We feel like we’re victims, as same as the little girl was, we can’t come outside without people saying we’re murders or baby killers, we had nothing to do with this little girls murder,” said Amber Walters.
Kailey Vijil’s body was found in the early morning of July 17th. Behind a shed in a horse pasture behind Amber Walters house. The little girl had disappeared from her home around midnight. Her mother reported her missing around 1:00 a.m. and through a “ping” on her phone, police were able to track her down to the area behind Amber’s home, two hours later. While they had nothing to do with the murder, she says her family continues to be blamed for the killing.
“We’re sad that the little girl was murdered in the backyard and we hope justice is done, but honestly, we didn’t know what happened until our front yard was covered in police patrol,” she said.
Since Kailey’s death the family says there have been over 15 incidents at their home. Ranging from verbal threats to trespassing.
“When people throw bricks at the window, luckily it didn’t shatter, last night had people throwing beer bottles at me calling me an baby killer,” she said.
Two days ago, they say a man showed up at their home with a samurai sword and threatened her life.
“I opened the door and he said he was going to gut me like a fish because I was a murderer.”
The family says before they had police monitoring their home, but now they say, they’ll do very little when they call about an incident.
“I don’t believe that they’re doing enough or as much as they possibly can to protect innocent people who have nothing to do with this,” said Walters.
The family has been cooperating with the investigation, and say they just want to be left alone.
“The kid, he is a murderer, we had nothing to do with it, that’s all I have to say.”
A 15-year-old boy was later arrested and charged with aggravated murder in this case. Evidence at the scene and at the suspects home solely connected him to the murder.
West Valley Police say they have increased patrols in the area since the first incident was reported. Police say they have only been called out to the home five times and that there is no evidence on the scene to corroborate the families stories, but, that they will continue to investigate.