Utah sophomore cornerback Aaron Lowe was shot and killed early Sunday at a house party after the Utes’ 24-13 win over Washington State, according to multiple reports.
The Salt Lake City Police Department said the shooting took place around midnight, leaving Lowe, 21, dead. Another was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition. Police are still looking for a suspect, but believe several witnesses saw what happened.
Lowe, in his third season with the Utes football program, played 11 special-team games as a freshman in 2019. He played five games in the COVID-19 shortened season in 2020, and also played in three games this year.
Lowe changed his jersey number ahead of the 2021 season from No.2 to No.22 in memory of Ty Jordan, not only a Utah teammate but also Lowe’s best friend who played football with him in high school. Jordan died in December following an accidental shooting. Lowe was the first recipient of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship, an award created to honor Jordan.
“Ty improved everyone around him,” Lowe said after receiving the scholarship (via Salt Lake City TV station KTVX). “He made me better. My friendship with Ty means a lot because he always pushed me to give the best of myself. He never let me settle for less. I want to make sure his legacy lives on through me.
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham and athletic director Mark Harlan both released statements following news of Lowe’s death:
Whittingham said: “We are devastated to learn of the passing of Aaron Lowe. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Aaron’s family and friends, as well as to the other person who was injured in this tragic incident. . Aaron was a great teammate, friend, brother and son and loved by everyone who crossed paths with him. He will be sorely missed. “
And Harlan: “We are devastated by the loss of Aaron Lowe earlier this morning. Aaron was a wonderful young man, a leader of our football team and a rock of resilience and courage. Our prayers are with family, friends. , the teammates and all those who knew and loved him.
“We also express our deepest concern for the other person who was hospitalized as a result of this tragic incident. We have been in communication with Aaron’s family and are providing our support to them and to the student-athletes. , coaches and staff in all of our track and field programs, and we will continue to focus on them. ”
Several of Lowe’s teammates reacted to the news on social media:
Why do good people have to die young? I love you, my brother. Rest in paradise
– devin lloyd (@DevinLloyd_) September 26, 2021