UPDATED 8:25 AM PT – Monday, September 27, 2021
A football player from the University of Utah was killed during a shooting at a House party in Salt Lake City. Officers said 21-year-old Aaron Lowe was fatally shot early Sunday morning after police received a report of a fight involving a weapon. They said officers received an additional call from a person who heard gunshots.
“We do know that Mr. Lowe was attending this house party when these unknown individuals came to the house. They were asked to leave by people who were hosting the party. That’s when there was a disturbance and that is when there was the shooting that occurred.”
— Brent Weisberg, spokesperson – Salt Lake City Police Dept.
A woman was also shot and transported to an area hospital where she remained in critical condition. Lowe, however, was pronounced dead on the scene.
The incident comes less than a year after Lowe’s friend and teammate, Ty Jordan, was killed in an accidental shooting. Lowe, a defensive back, was the first recipient of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship and changed his jersey number to play in honor of his friend this season.
“We are devastated by the loss of Aaron Lowe earlier this morning,” said Utah Athletic Director Mark Harland. “Aaron was a terrific young man, a leader on our football team, and a rock of resiliency and courage. Our prayers are with Aaron’s family, friends, teammates and all who knew and loved him.”
Lowe was starting his third season at the school, appearing in Utah’s first four games of the 2021 season. Several shared their condolences as the football community mourns over the players passing, including Utah Coach Kyle Whittingham, Gov. Spencer Cox (R-Utah), the chief of police and several teammates.
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
Salt Lake City Police said homicide detectives are asking witnesses or anyone at the party to come forward and are looking for video evidence and information that may help lead to an arrest.