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#BREAKING: the name of last night’s shooting victim was reported to me a few hours ago but we withheld it out of respect for her family. The university is now releasing her name publicly so we are reporting that information. The victim is Lauren McCluskey. She was a senior at the The University of Utah, majoring in communications. She was also an athlete with many accolades for running track. She was originally from Pullman, WA. My condolences to her loved ones. A vigil is being organized for her for Wednesday at 5pm on the steps of the Park Building. Classes have been cancelled at the college for Tuesday. The university will however be open and bereavement services will be on hand for staff and students. More info: https://kutv.com/news/local/university-of-utah-homicide-victim-was-a-track-star KUTV 2News #UofU #ShootingSuspect #MelvinRowland #Utah #Washington #Pullman #Athletics #Track #LaurenMcCluskey #SLC #SaltLakeCity #Lockdown #ShelterInPlace
Lauren McCluskey, a track and field athlete at the University of Utah, was found dead on Monday night murdered in a car near campus. The suspect, a 37-year-old registered sex offender named Melvin Rowland, was found dead later in the night of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to police, Rowland forced his way into a church after committing the murder and then took his own life.
“It is with tremendous sadness that I share the news that Lauren McCluskey, an accomplished student athlete who came to the University of Utah from Pullman, Washington, was killed Monday night on our campus,” university president Ruth V. Watkins said in a statement.
“Lauren was a highly regarded member of the university’s track and field team and an outstanding scholar, a senior majoring in communication. Several members of our university administration spoke with Lauren’s family last night and I have also reached out to them. Her family is understandably in shock at this news about their daughter. They are heartbroken. We have and continue to offer our full support to them at this terrible time.”
Classes were canceled following McCluskey’s murder.
Our deepest condolences are with McCluskey’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult and tragic time.