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Man wanted in midtown slaying in custody of U.S. Border Patrol

07/08/2014 12:00 AM

07/08/2014 10:28 AM

A 34-year-old man wanted in the June 28 slaying of Kelsey Snyder, 33, at her midtown apartment was taken into custody Monday by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Sacramento police reported that they were working with the FBI to obtain custody of Mohammad Joseph Khan. Police last week identified Khan as the suspect in the death of Snyder, whose body was found by a friend in an apartment in the 1600 block of 17th Street after Snyder failed to respond to numerous phone calls and text messages.

Shawna Lanza, Snyder’s aunt, said Khan was her niece’s boyfriend. She said her family was not aware of any history of violence in the relationship and was surprised when it became clear last week that he was the suspect. Snyder was separated from her husband and also went by her maiden name, Kelsey Kaiser.

Police have released few details in the case.

Lanza said Snyder grew up in Stockton and moved to Sacramento about two years ago. She was employed as an information analyst with Blue Shield of California.

“She was a very funny, witty, loving, caring person,” Lanza said. “She would do anything for her family and friends.”

She said Snyder had cared for her cousin’s daughter for seven years. The girl returned to live with her mother last year, but Lanza said the experience gave Snyder a desire to help foster children. She said the family has established a fund in Snyder’s memory through Sleep Train to assist the company’s charitable programs for foster youth.

“We’d like to make that dream of hers come true,” Lanza said.

Lanza said her niece’s death has affected not only her family, including Snyder’s mother and older sister, but also a network of friends and co-workers.

“She was a strong support person for family and friends,” Lanza said. “She did a good job of it.”

Lanza said services for Snyder are pending.

Donations to Sleep Train Foster Kids in Snyder’s memory can be sent to Sleep Train Foster Kids, 2205 Plaza Drive, Rocklin, CA 95765. Write “Kelsey” in the memo portion of the check. Donations also may be made online at

Sacto 911 Staff

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