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‘This story should be about her:’ Ex-pro football player is suspect in wife’s death in Utah

Keri “KC” McClanahan, 28, was found dead in a Park City, Utah, hotel room on Nov. 3. Her husband Anthony Darnel McClanahan is the prime suspect in her death.
Keri “KC” McClanahan, 28, was found dead in a Park City, Utah, hotel room on Nov. 3. Her husband Anthony Darnel McClanahan is the prime suspect in her death. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

A former professional football player who ran youth football and fitness camps in Bellingham has been named by authorities in Utah as the prime suspect in his wife’s killing.

Park City Police said 28-year-old Keri “KC” McClanahan – the wife of Anthony Darnel McClanahan – was found dead in the Park Regency hotel on Thursday.

Keri McClanahan, formerly Keri Gauf of Bellingham, died of a knife wound to her throat, police said.

The couple was married in January but their relationship had a history of domestic violence, according to Keri’s sister, Heather Gauf, in an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune. Heather Gauf owns Bella Body & Soul in Fairhaven.

Keri and Anthony McClanahan shared a home in Arizona but she recently had “sought refuge” in Utah, Gauf said. Keri had a 9-year-old daughter and a 7-year-old son. Neither are Anthony McClanahan’s child.

“She was such an amazing mother and such a beautiful humanitarian,” said Gauf, whose sister recently spent time volunteering in Puerto Rico and Texas to help hurricane victims. “This story should be about her.”

The family has set up a GoFundMe account to raise money “to help with the costs of bringing KC back home to her family so she can have a proper funeral and memorial.”

The Deseret News said prosecutors in Summit County, Utah, are reviewing possible charges against Anthony McClanahan.

He remained jailed in Utah on charges filed Friday related to the alleged kidnapping of his son from another relationship. The boy was taken from Arizona last month and later found with Anthony McClanahan in Salt Lake City.

A probable cause affidavit filed with the child kidnapping charge said that police believe Anthony McClanahan is a “substantial danger to others and the community” and also poses a flight risk. The affidavit, filed by Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes’ office, requests a judge not grant bail.

Anthony McClanahan is from Bakersfield, California, and played at Washington State before a brief stint with the Dallas Cowboys. He then played four years in the Canadian Football League.

While living in Bellingham, he ran youth football camps and owned 41 Sports Fitness Boot Camps, an exercise program for adults.

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