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Springville shooting: Suspect identified, teenage girl on life support, police say

May 19, 2022, 7:23 PM | Updated: Dec 29, 2022, 11:34 am

Photo credit: Family of Lily Conroy...

Photo credit: Family of Lily Conroy

SPRINGVILLE, Utah — Police in Springville say they don’t expect a teenage girl who was shot Wednesday afternoon to survive. 

Police say Lily Conroy, 17, was found in a car with a gunshot wound. She was transported by a medical helicopter to a nearby hospital.

Police say that Conroy is currently on life support to preserve her organs. Conroy is a resident of Springville and a student at Springville High School.

A statement from Springville Police reads:

“The family wishes to carry on their daughter’s legacy to help someone in need. The family would like Lily to live on by donating her organs to a local family. If there is a family in the local area who is in need of organ donation, contact the Springville Police Department.”

Police identified the man who died as 19-year-old Masao Kaanga, also of Springville. 

Earlier Wednesday, Springville Police started looking for the two young people after receiving information about a possible situation between them. As police searched the area, they said Kaanga reached out to his mother, saying he would be at Hobble Creek Park. 

A short time later, police arrived at the park and discovered the teenage girl, shot, and Kaanga dead.

Additional resources:

If you or someone you know is experiencing trouble linked to domestic violence, the following resources are available to you.

Utah Domestic Violence LINKLine
1-800-897-LINK (5465)

If LINKLine advocates cannot, they will forward calls to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

StrongHearts Native Helpline
1-844-762-8483

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Springville shooting: Suspect identified, teenage girl on life support, police say