Arrest made in the murder of Aaron Lowe


As our community mourns the murder of Aaron Lowe, a 21-year-old University of Utah sophomore, I am relieved by the news that the Salt Lake City Police Department has made an arrest in the case. A second victim is still in the hospital and we continue to send our thoughts and best wishes for a full recovery.

I would like to thank Chief Mike Brown, the response officers and detectives involved for their continued professionalism and sensitivity in the Aaron murder investigation. I appreciate their responsiveness as they conduct a thorough investigation to determine the facts of this murder which took place in an off-campus home and in front of dozens of our students and neighbors. I would also like to thank Mayor Erin Mendenhall and his team for their support.

In the days, weeks and months to come, I encourage all members of the University community to learn about each other and ask for help. In addition to the multiple witnesses to this crime, many of our students, staff and faculty knew and loved Aaron. He was a communication student, a talented member of our football team, a son, a brother and a friend. All those touched by Aaron’s death need our compassion and understanding to overcome the complex and very real reverberations of trauma and grief.

The murder of young black men has become all too common in our society. At a rally last week on campus, I was asked what I am doing as president to better support our black community and what the university can do to combat this violence. I believe that the university has an important role to play and that we must use our voices, our talents and our resources to drive change. I will work with my cabinet, university and student leaders, in partnership with the U Black Advisory Council and community leaders, to advance this work.

Campus counseling and safety resources are available to any member of our community who has been affected. Mental health support services include: University orientation center, the Huntsman Institute of Mental Health crisis line and the Employee Assistance Program. Security resources can be found through the SafeU website and through the SafeUT application.

The loss of another U student – someone with so much promise and life ahead of him – leaves us agonized and shaken. But we are also steadfast. I know the University of Utah community will come together around Aaron’s family, friends, faculty and teammates as we begin the long process of healing.

Taylor Randall
University of Utah

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