Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2002-09-251
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f INSIDE oTlhe Ending marital unbliss, See page 5 1 1 r L,, L:::i ,1.J Volume 65 Issue 21 www.wsusignpost.com Wednesday, September 25, 2002 n Wifiniesses ohe account off steafofoiini Three witnessed slaying of Daniel David Montgomery By Devon Crus editor in chief The Signpost By Mike Mitchell special assignments editor The Signpost At funeral services today, three students will put to rest a friend whose violent death they witnessed Saturday. Daniel David Montgomery, 22, a Weber State University student, was stabbed to death early Saturday morning outside his home near 3200 Quincy Avenue. After an evening that included a WSU hockey game and pool at a friend's home, Montgomery, his date and the three witnesses " knew he wouldn't leave me, out of loyalty, so I started yelling, 'Go, go, go.'" Devan witness Devan, John and a female companion returned to Montgomery's home Friday night. Devan explained the events to The Signpost. Montgomery and his date arrived first. A group of four Hispanic men was gathered near the driveway as they pulled up. Montgomery and his date got out of the vehicle. The men made comments, whistled and advanced toward the two. Feeling uncomfortable, Montgomery saw his date'safely to her car and waited until she drove off before driving away himself, and calling his friends to warn them about the men in front of the home. When John, Devan and the female companion arrived soon after, no one was there. "I went out front and didn't see anyone," Devan said. Daniel David Montgomery Montgomery then drove back home, where he and his friends got into his white Volkswagen Golf to take their female companion home. The four drove a block and a half and noticed the men . Devan,Montgomery and John got out of the car to question the men. Devan said he thought they might be visiting his Hispanic neighbors. According to Devan, the men began to threaten him, Montgomery and John, asking if they were looking for trouble. After words were exchanged, confirmed suspect Ivan Richard Rios, 18, allegedly held a knife to John's throat. Another suspect pulled out a box cutter and threatened Devan, he said. Rios released John and walked to the driver's side of the vehicle, where Montgomery had reentered. He then began to allegedly assault Montgomery with the knife. Devan and John recalled thinking Rios was punching Montgomery, but later realized Montgomery had been stabbed multiple times, apparently with the same knife held to John's throat. "Dan was just covered in blood," Devan said. Devan prompted Montgomery to drive away, unaware of the severity of the attack. "I knew he wouldn't leave me, out of loyalty, so I started yelling, 'Go, go, go,'" Devan said. The car then began a jerky path a short distance down the road. Devan compared the vehicle's erratic movements to a driver learning the right amount of gas and clutch to use in a See Witnesses page 3 Family friends remember students life By Devon Crus editor in chief The Signpost ny Mike Mitchell special assignments The Signpost One of the first things a visitor notices when entering Daniel David Montgomery's sister's home is five boards full of photographs detailing his life. Friends and family of slain Weber State University student Daniel Montgomery, 22, described him as being the most loyal, genuine and motivated person they had ever known . "He was always concerned about people and considerate," said David Montgomery, Daniel's father. The photos are a small memorial the family has been putting together for those who will be attending the funeral and viewing for Daniel. For Montgomery, the ordeal began when Ogdcn police officers knocked on his door Saturday morning around 3:15 a.m. "They said, '1 need you to sit down for a minute' and they asked if I was Daniel's dad. I thought. 'Oh no, this is not going to be good,'" Montgomery said. And the news was not good. Montgomery learned his son had been murdered a few hours before. "I couldn't respond. I couldn't react. It's just my worst nightmare," Montgomery said. About 24 hours later, police knocked on Montgomery's door again, this time to tell him the man who allegedly murdered his son was in custody. According to Montgomery, Ivan Richard Rios, the man in custody, confessed to the stabbing. "He (Rios didn't know Dan JL V! 'V "' . . ' -wv.0xvse "'AV4j ' 1 3 - tt : i " n , ? - ,;, it ,y ' t; ;;; , k ' '- V - (Clockwise from top) Daniel Montgomery's younger sister, Alison, sits next to the boards filled with Daniel's pictures. Daniel, 8, holds an infant Alison. Dave Montgomery discusses his son, Daniel. died," Montgomery said. "The police did well; they worked it right." Anne Montgomery, Daniel's younger sister, had been on vacation in Hawaii for one day when she received news other brother's death. "It's not real yet." Anne said, brushing away a tear. Daniel's friend Devan. who witnessed the attack, didn't know of his friend's death until later, when police informed him. "I freaked out." Devan said. I le was so upset, he flung an office chair across the police station into a door and officers had to restrain him, he said. For Daniel's other friend John, who also witnessed the attack, the See Life page 3 Campus activities to commemorate, raise funds By Brandy A. Lee managing editor The Signpost As a spring 2002 pledge to the Sigma Chi Omega fraternity, Daniel David Montgomery was quiet and loyal. Now, his brothers in the Weber State University fraternity want to honor his memory by helping his family. "We are going to donate funds out of our fraternity and raise funds," said Jim Kitchens, representative for the Sigma Chi Omega fraternity. Montgomery's fraternity brothers will also attend the funeral. "We plan on bringing white roses, which is our symbol," said Nate Wilcox, member of Sigma Chi Omega. In addition to what the fraternity is doing, WSU's Greek council plans to raise money to donate to a gang prevention program or another program the family would like to support. WSU student government leaders have placed around 70 jugs on campus where anyone can donate to a fund in Montgomery's name. The money will go into an account the family has established at America First Credit Union. "We want to get all the senators and anyone else we can to help." said Kyle Poll, executive vice president. -.1. mm jt: ' l o : 33 " J llllftii : till I : ; ' ' I r z ' ' ? Jugs have been placed on campus to raise funds for the Montgomery family. Daniel's fraternity, Sigma Chi Omega, is also trying to raise funds in his name. Money raised will help pay for Daniel's funeral costs. The jugs will circulate on campus until Friday. After this week, those who would like can take their donations to the credit union. The money raised from donations to the jugs will help the Montgomery family pay for funeral costs. - Yc u c .i n reach reporter Brandy A. Lee !y c"j'nijG'2(-7614.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2002-09-25, Vol. 65, No. 21|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|