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Contractor claims accused killer asked for secret soundproof room in basement

Jun 28, 2019, 7:07 PM | Updated: 7:18 pm

(Photo: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)...

(Photo: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

(Photo: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY – Some neighbors are placing flowers and condolence cards at the Fairpark home where Ayoola Adisa Ajayi reportedly tried to burn some of the evidence of the murder of Mackenzie Lueck.  Many people say they’re shocked to learn what had happened at that house.

Everyone living on 1000 West near 600 North were hoping for a different outcome to the search for Lueck.

Neighbor Damon Draheim says, “I’m horrified.  My wife is horrified.  You can even believe this went on across the street.”

One contractor claims he was asked to make changes to that home earlier this year.  Brian Wolf says Ajayi asked him to make a secret room in the basement back in April.

(Photo: Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

Wolf says he originally met Ajayi when he went to fix water damage in the basement.  That’s when he claims Ajayi asked about making a secret room.  Wolf claims Ajayi wanted to use it as a liquor cabinet, and he didn’t want his girlfriend to know that he drank.  However, Ajayi then reportedly asked if the room could be soundproof.

“So I asked him, ‘Why do you need it to be soundproofed for a liquor cabinet?’  He told me he wanted to sit down there and listen to his music, real loud,” Wolf says.

He says the requests became even more bizarre after that.

Wolf says, “Then it started getting into being soundproofed and having a digital thumbprint reader lock that can read your fingerprint and hooks on the wall.”

Ajayi reportedly said money was no object and he wanted the room made as fast as possible.  In the end, Wolf says the ideas for the room made him uncomfortable.

“Right there, I already had it in my mind that I wasn’t doing the job,” he says, adding, “It was weird enough to where I was like, ‘I’m not having anything to do with this.’  My gut was telling me it was weird.”

Police have not confirmed these details, but KSL has seen text messages between Wolf and a number matching Ajayi’s asking Wolf for a quote.

Several people on the block says they barely knew Ajayi, but one of his neighbors was especially stunned to hear the accusations against him.  On Thursday, Tom Camomile was 100 percent convinced his next door neighbor couldn’t be connected to Lueck’s disappearance.  On Friday, Camomile fought back tears as he heard what Ajayi reportedly did to Lueck and her belongings.

“This heinous crime took place not 50 feet from my back door,” Camomile says.

He says the man he had known for the past couple of years is a very different man than the one being described by police.  Camomile only knew Ajayi as a young professional who was excited to own a home.

“I can’t express in words for the family and for Mackenzie and to know what the outcome was,” he says.

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