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.”
— Univ of Utah News (@UofUNews) October 23, 2018
Classes were canceled following McCluskey’s murder.
Our deepest condolences are with McCluskey’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult and tragic time.