Man Charged in Murder of SLC Woman Had Disturbing Past, Previous Accusations

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July 03, 2019Jul 03, 2019

The sad story of the missing woman from Salt Lake City is finally drawing to an end. Officials announced last Friday that Mackenzie Lueck had been brutally murdered. They charged one man in connection with her disappearance and death.

Now, officials are revealing more information about the man they say killed her. They have revealed his identity. He is a 31-year-old man known as Ayoola Ajayi. He allegedly met Lueck in the park during the middle of the night.

Sadly, warning signs appear to have been missed. Officials have now confirmed that years prior to this incident, Ajayi was also accused of rape.

"Years before Lueck's June 17 disappearance, Ajayi was accused by a coworker of sexual assault, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. The coworker said their contact began consensually at his home, but when she wanted to stop he refused and had sex with her anyway," reported Fox.

The woman in that case later determined she did not want to pursue charges. Ajayi was also banned from the campus of Utah State University in 2012 after he was arrested by campus police in a separate incident.

"Investigators alleged Ajayi lied about his status at school, and said he had a girlfriend who lived on campus. Officials, however, reportedly believed Ajayi was homeless and was using campus facilities," reported Fox.

Police Ajayi killed Lueck and burned her body and belongings in his backyard. They are currently investigating his property and searching for more clues in this awful case.

Now, those who knew Ajayi are coming forward with information about him. His estranged wife is also reportedly speaking out.

His wife, Tenisha Jenkins Ajayi, said her aunt hooked her up with Ayoola in 2011. At first, she thought he was a “cool” and “loving person.” However, he quickly changed. She says he became violent, the Daily Mail reported.

His wife, Tenisha Jenkins Ajayi, said her aunt hooked her up with Ayoola in 2011. At first, she thought he was a “cool” and “loving person.” Over time, though, she said he became violent, the Daily Mail reported.

“He tried to tie me up with a phone cord. When I went to run, he blocked the door. I ended up jumping through a window and cutting my arm on the glass,” Tenisha said.

Tenisha has reportedly been in hiding from her estranged husband. Now, other details state that Ajayi was also a suspect in a rape case years ago. However, the case was dropped after the victim reportedly wanted to not pursue charges.

Sadly, warning signs appear to have been missed in this horrible event. We pray for the Lord's peace to surround Mackenzie's family now and in the future.

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