Salt Lake Tribune photographers covered a variety of stories in May, from an abnormal number of police shootings in Utah to spring sports.
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Carl Moore, a Hopi and Chemehuevi Native American, performs a hoop dance in honor of Mother Earth. Moore also made offerings, sang and gave a prayer during the May Day celebration. The “Stop the Polluting Port” community coalition staged a May Day celebration, calling for respect and awareness of the water, earth and air regarding the 20,000 acres west of Salt Lake City where the inland port industrial site has been proposed.
The setting sun flares the lens as Utah’s Ally Dickman walks to the dugout. BYU softball hosts the University of Utah in Provo on May 1. Sun delays have been fairly common at Gail Miller Field since it was built facing a Northwest direction in 2001.
Pastor France Davis speaks at the University of Utah’s commencement ceremony in Salt Lake City on May 2.
SLC Eatery’s restaurant co-chef, Paul Chamberlain, serves up plates on May 3. SLC Eatery’s regular menu and cart offerings include globally inspired flavors of Latin America, the Mediterranean and Asia.
Joan Kottler wipes away a tear while hugging Vivian Dowsett. Jewish women at the Chabad Lubavitch of Utah and around the world paid tribute to Lori Gilbert-Kaye, who was killed during The Chabad of Poway synagogue shooting on the last day of Passover. Three others were injured.
Vicki McMullin, 61, who was ten years old when she started dining at the popular Kowloon Cafe in West Valley City, gives owner Raymond Wang a pat on the back as she recalls fond memories at the establishment. The restaurant closed after 60 years in business.
Hannah Bennett, a forensic scientist working in the biology section of the Department of Safety Forensic Services lab, processes evidence from a sexual assault collection kit in Taylorsville on May 7.
Brigham Young University baseball team catcher, Noah Hill, was back in action for the team’s final games after being hit by a foul ball a few weeks prior.
Heidi McCord of Kerrville, Texas, wore her patched Union Pacific overalls and did her nails for the two-day celebration of the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad’s completion on May 9.
Patrick Jeffery of Park City, a volunteer who works on the Golden Spike trains, joins the festivities on May 10 celebrating the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit.
Lyubov Tkachenko is comforted by family as she embraces the body of her deceased son Andrey Tkachenko, 23, on Oct. 24, 2018. Andrey Tkachenko — wanted by the Metro Gang Unit and U.S. Marshals’ Violent Fugitive Apprehension Team — was shot and killed during a downtown confrontation on Oct. 18, 2018. According to Unified police, as officers confronted Andrey Tkachenko, one UPD officer and one Saratoga Springs officer opened fire, hitting him. He died en route to a local hospital.
Andrey Tkachenko’s death was one of 19 at the hands of police in Utah, and the state’s attorney general’s office has launched an investigation into why so many people were killed.
Darin Thomas at his Roosevelt home on May 14. Thomas remains ostracized in his community after charges of attempted child sexual assault and a misdemeanor count of agreeing to pay for sex were dismissed.
Fern Creson poses for a photograph during a rally in the capitol rotunda in Salt Lake City on May 21. This rally was part of a nationwide series of protests to bring attention as a number of conservative states pass laws aimed at getting abortion before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Olympus’s Ian Jones (1) fouls Brighton’s Braxton Jones (5), setting up a penalty kick and score as Brighton defeats Olympus High School 3-2 in overtime in the 5A boys state championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on May 23.
Cottonwood pitcher Carson Angeroth is mobbed by his teammates after striking out Timpanogos, 6-5, during the 5A baseball championship game at UCCU Stadium on the UVU campus in Orem on May 24.
Leo Wilson participates in the tradition of placing a penny on top of military grave stones as the Association of the United States Army’s Utah Chapter hosts a Memorial Day ceremony at Fort Douglas Cemetery on May 27.
Fehmy Suliman, a seventh grader at Glendale Middle School, celebrates East High graduating seniors as they parade through the school on May 29 in hopes of inspiring younger students to work towards graduation.