By Andrew Thompson Landerghini, social media manager, University of Utah Communications
The tragic death of Lauren McCluskey on Oct. 22 has impacted many here at the U—regardless of whether people knew Lauren.
But the support and solace from those across the country, and right here in the state of Utah, has provided rays of light.
Moments of silence at LaVell Edwards Stadium and Merlin Olsen Field at the BYU and Utah State football games, respectively, spoke volumes about the U’s neighbors and partners in times of tragedy.
The solidarity expressed by students and staff who donned crimson red from Ogden and Orem to Cedar City and St. George lifted the spirits of students and staff here on the hill.
And, the messages of sorrow and condolences from track teams, athletic programs and universities from across the country helped alleviate some of the hurt felt by U student-athletes.
So while the pain remains, the cascade of heartfelt compassion has brought some comfort to a campus community that sorely needs it—and most definitely appreciates it.
— BYU Cougars (@BYUCougars) October 27, 2018
We extend our deepest condolences to our @Pac12 partner @UUtah as they mourn the loss of their accomplished student-athlete Lauren McCluskey. Our hearts ache as the Buffs mourn with you and stand #utestrong with you. ❤️ https://t.co/d7pqLX81ex
— CU Boulder (@CUBoulder) October 24, 2018
— NBA TV (@NBATV) October 25, 2018
Kyle Kuzma is honoring the life of late University of Utah track athlete Lauren McCluskey with his shoes tonight. ?
— NBA TV (@NBATV) October 27, 2018
— ESPN (@espn) October 25, 2018
— and im JAREN the pumpkin president (@jaren_hunsaker) October 25, 2018
— UCLA Women’s Soccer (@UCLAWSoccer) October 24, 2018
Joining students from BYU and schools around the state in support of @UUtah and the McCluskey family. I so badly wish the nightmares of school violence and relationship violence will end. pic.twitter.com/ZlcScejciz
— joehadfield (@joehadfield) October 24, 2018
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) October 25, 2018