This morning I was heartbroken to learn of the tragic death of University of Utah football player Aaron Lowe. Aaron’s life was cut short in a callous act of gun violence off-campus, in which a second individual was also injured.
I have met with Coach Kyle Whittingham, Athletics Director Mark Harlan, Vice President for Student Affairs Lori McDonald and Interim Chief Safety Officer Keith Squires to impress upon them the need to continue doing everything we can to support our student-athletes and our athletic and campus communities at this difficult time.
Aaron was an engaged student, talented athlete, fierce competitor, dedicated teammate, trusted friend, and a loving son and brother. He was also the first recipient of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship, which makes his death even more difficult. We mourn this senseless loss and will do all we can to comfort Aaron’s family.
The second individual injured in the event is being cared for at a local hospital. Out of respect for the victim’s privacy, I won’t comment further except to say I know the University of Utah community joins me in expressing hope and best wishes for recovery.
I want to thank the Salt Lake City Police Department, which is currently leading the investigation into this murder and holding those responsible accountable for Aaron’s death. As more information becomes available in this investigation we will continue to update the campus community. SLCPD’s latest update on the case can be found here.
I encourage our university community to utilize the counseling and support resources available on campus. Those resources (which include the University Counseling Center, the Huntsman Mental Health Institute crisis line and the Employee Assistance Program) can be found via the SafeU website and through the SafeUT app.
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Statements from Mark Harlan and Kyle Whittingham.
A message from Department of Communications chair Avery Holton.