A promising 21-year-old American footballer has been killed in a shooting, which took place while he was celebrating his college team’s win during a house party in Salt Lake City late on Saturday night.
A 21-year-old American football player who had NFL aspirations was killed in a shooting just hours after helping his team to an important win.
College star Aaron Lowe played in Utah’s 24-13 win over the Washington Cougars on Saturday before heading off to celebrate at a house party in Salt Lake City.
The following day Salt Lake Police announced that Lowe was one of two people who had been shot at around midnight local time.
The highly rated defensive player was pronounced dead soon afterwards while the other victim, an adult female, is said to be in critical condition.
No arrests have yet been made.
“These investigations are complex. Our detectives have been hard at work trying to identify the suspect or suspects in this case, ” said Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown, who is heading the investigation.
Following the announcement, the utahfootballInstagram account posted an image of Lowe ingrained with the words ‘Aaron Lowe, 2000-2021’, along with the text “Rest In Peace, A Lowe. We love you forever.”
Former NFL player Jamal Anderson replied with “Devastating, my prayers are with his family and his team.”
The Governor of Utah, Spencer Cox, also paid tribute: “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.”
Lowe, from Texas, was an integral player for the Utah Utes and had been tipped as a player to watch in the future.
Earlier this year, he was named as the recipient of Utah’s Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship, which is 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 in 2020, aged 19, and Lowe had changed his shirt number to ’22’ this season in honour of his former teammate.
In a released statement, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said that Lowe would be badly missed.
“ We are devastated to hear about the passing of Aaron Lowe. Our thoughts and prayers are with Aaron’s family and friends, along with the other individual who was harmed in this tragic incident,” said Whittingham.
“Aaron was a great teammate, friend, brother and son and was loved by anyone who crossed paths with him. He will be deeply missed.”