Student killed in United States university campus shooting

Geraldine Edwards
October 26, 2018

Police followed Rowland to a church off-campus where he was found dead.

And at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, student athletes wore red in McCluskey's memory.

Rowland, a registered sex offender, was convicted of enticing a minor over the internet and attempted forcible sexual abuse in March 2004. He was released from prison in 2013.

McCluskey's mother said her daughter had dated Rowland for about a month but ended the relationship when she learned he had lied about his age, name and criminal history.

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Herbert is not asking for an outside investigation of the University of Utah's police department, but he said President Ruth Watkins can and will handle an internal review.

The mother of Lauren McCluskey, the Pullman woman who was murdered on the campus of the University of Utah Monday night released a heartbreaking statement to NBC-affiliate KSL Tuesday morning.

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"Last year I was a senior in high school, and heard about the shooting... That was the last I heard from her", she wrote, adding that her husband called 911. A few minutes later, a woman picked up the Lauren's phone and told her parents that her belongings were on the ground.

Lauren McCluskey's parents, Matt and Jill McCluskey, hug some of their daughter's teammates after a vigil for their daughter on October 24, 2018 in Salt Lake City.

Monday night, he encountered her on the U of U campus.

"It was assigned out to a detective". He declined to disclose further details on the report.

Brophy told reporters on Tuesday police didn't have a current address for Rowland, but a department of corrections spokeswoman said he was living at the address listed in the sex offender registry.

"I don't know how we're going to get on without her but we have to", McCluskey's grandfather Ross Rudeen said.

Lauren McCluskey, a senior from Pullman, Washington, who was majoring in communications, competed in the pentathlon and heptathlon. He said she was a proud Ute and an outstanding student-athlete. After a police chase, he shot himself and died at Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City on the same night.

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"She was just genuine and sweet and she had a relentless determination at practice that showed up every day", Kepler said.

"She was an unbelievable, genuine and caring person and she will be really missed", another friend said.

Classes were canceled Tuesday at the university and counselors are available, the University of Utah announced on Twitter.

Some students like Stephanie Martinez and Henry Ponce-Orellana, both sophomores, expressed frustrations after the vigil about two shootings occurring on campus within a year of each other. Austin Boutain, 24, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

McCluskey was shot and killed Monday night by Melvin Rowland, with whom she had previously been involved in a relationship.

"Now all of us humans and all of us animals will no longer have the opportunity to experience the abundance of [McCluskey's] love and support", he said.

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