Utah sophomore cornerback Aaron Lowe was shot and killed at a house party in Salt Lake City early Sunday morning, local police confirmed.
The Salt Lake City Police Department said the shooting occurred at a home around three miles southeast of Rice-Eccles Stadium, Utah's home stadium, shortly after midnight. The shooting resulted in Lowe's death and one other person shot. The other person shot remains in critical condition. Authorities have not identified a suspect.
"We are devastated to hear about the passing of Aaron Lowe," Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said 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."
— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) September 26, 2021
Lowe was in his third season of playing with the Utes, and appeared in four games this season after playing in 16 combined his first two seasons, mostly on special teams. He had made three tackles this season. Utah defeated Washington State 24-13 at home Saturday; Lowe played but did not record any stats.
Utah athletic director Mark Harlan described Lowe as, "a terrific young man, a leader on our football team, and a rock of resiliency and courage" in a statement.
Less than a month ago, Lowe was named the inaugural recipient of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship, in honor of the former Utah player who was killed in an accidental shooting in December 2020. Lowe and Jordan attended West Mesquite High School together and Lowe switched his jersey number this year from No. 2 to No. 22 to honor his late teammate.
"I am deeply saddened by the shooting death of Aaron Lowe," police chief Mike Brown said in a statement. "This talented young man touched the lives of so many here in Salt Lake City and in Texas. The Salt Lake City Police Department grieves with and offers our condolences to the Lowe family and the University of Utah community. Our condolences also extend to the other person injured in this shooting. I hope for their quick recovery. These investigations are complex. Our detectives have been hard at work trying to identify the suspect or suspects in this case."
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox also offered his condolences to Lowe.
Abby and I mourn with our @UUtah family and friends at the tragic passing of Aaron Lowe this morning. Our prayers are with his family at this terribly difficult time.
— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) September 26, 2021
Lowe's fellow teammates also paid their respects on Twitter, including former Ute and Los Angeles Rams kicker Matt Gay.
RIP Aaron Lowe ❤️ prayers for his family and loved ones at this time!
— Matt Gay (@MGtweetymonster) September 26, 2021
Rest In Peace A Lowe. Love you brother.
— Cameron Rising (@crising7) September 26, 2021
Why do the good have to die young? Love you brother. Rest in paradise
— devin lloyd (@DevinLloyd_) September 26, 2021
Rest in Peace Big Bro 🖤
— Micah Bernard (@ctb_mb) September 26, 2021
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Utah cornerback Aaron Lowe killed in shooting, friends with Ty Jordan