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A college footballer who dreamed of reaching the NFL has been killed in a shooting at a house party on Saturday night mere hours after his team Utah defeated Washington State.
Aaron Lowe was celebrating his team’s 24-13 victory over the Cougars when he was one of two people shot at around midnight local time.
Salt Lake Police announced the news on Sunday, and the 21-year-old was pronounced dead soon after while the other victim – an adult female – is reportedly in critical condition.
The local police force insist no arrests have been made since the incident in the Sugar House area.
“These investigations are complex,” Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said about the case. “Our detectives have been hard at work trying to identify the suspect or suspects in this case.”
Lowe was recruited to Utah Utes football program as one of the top safety prospects in the country before he transitioned to cornerback.
Lowe, who hails from Mesquite, Texas, had appeared in each of their first four games of the season and was becoming an established figure in their secondary before the tragic events unfolded.
“We are devastated to hear about the passing of Aaron Lowe,” said head coach Kyle Whittingham in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Aaron's family and friends, along with the other individual who was harmed in this tragic incident.
"Aaron was a great teammate, friend, brother and son and was loved by anyone who crossed paths with him. He will be deeply missed."
Just a few month ago, Lowe was named as the recipient of Utah’s Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a player who embodies a spirit of “work ethic, positivity and perseverance through adversity”.
The scholarship was named after former Utah running back Jordan, who was killed on Christmas Day last year at just 19 years of age in what was allegedly an accidental shooting.
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Both Lowe and Jordan attended West Mesquite High School in Texas and Lowe had changed his shirt number to '22' this season to honour his former teammate.
Spencer Cox, the governor of Utah, also expressed sadness at new of Lowe’s death: “[We] mourn with out [University of Utah] family and friends at the tragic passing of Aaron Lowe this morning.
“Our prayers are with his family at this terribly difficult time."
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