The boy who heard crickets: Darrien Hunt, the Mormons, and the Zion Curtain of silence


“You’re just hassling me. I don’t have to talk to you.”

Seven shots to the back later, 22-year-old Darrien Hunt was dead. Chased down like an animal by an officer of the law, Corporal Matthew Schauerhamer of the Saratoga Springs Police Department, the only thing Darrien did wrong was carry a sheathed katana sword, sauntering proudly along, music running through his ears, his beautiful brown face and characteristic Afro alarming the local white people.

Death by 911.

“You’re just hassling me. I don’t have to talk to you.”

These are the last words that Darrien Hunt is believed to have spoken. This is, however, being intensely debated in a fight between Darrien’s family; the Saratoga Springs Police Department and Utah County Attorney’s Office; and now, the Department of Justice.

Why it is even questioned in a case where there were two officers involved; supposedly countless witnesses; videotape from the officers…

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About Natalie R. Collins

Natalie has more than 30 years writing, editing, proofreading and design experience. She has written 20 books (and counting), has worked for the Sundance Film Festival, and as an investigative journalist, editor, and proofreader. She embraces her gypsy-heart and is following her new free-thinking journey through life. Follow her as she starts over and learns a bunch of life's lessons--some the hard way.
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