Who shot Aaron Lowe? Utah footballer who wore dead teammate's jersey number killed
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH: A young footballer was killed in a shooting incident at a house party in Salt Lake City, Utah, barely a year after his teammate was shot dead accidentally. Aaron Lowe, a 21-year-old rising star with the Utah Utes, was fatally shot on Sunday, September 26, 2021. Less than a year ago, his friend and teammate Ty Jordan, 19, was killed in another shooting. Lowe had recently switched his jersey numbers from 2 to 20, to honor his friend's memory.
The shocking news of Aaron Lowe's death was confirmed by Utah Utes coach Kyle Whittingham, who stated, "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. Aaron was a great teammate, friend, brother, and son and was loved by anyone who crossed paths with him. He will be deeply missed." According to Utah athletic director Mark Harlan, "Aaron was a terrific young man, a leader on our football team, and a rock of resiliency and courage."
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Aaron Lowe was a defensive back who was in this third season of the game and in brilliant form. He was high school friends with Ty Jordan, both of whom hailed from Mesquite, Texas, and attended the West Mesquite High School together. After Aaron joined the Utah football team, he was often credited with persuading Jordan to come play for the Utes as well. Jordan's skills propelled him to the spotlight soon and earned him the honor of being elected Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year. In December 2020, Jordan died tragically in an accidental shooting.
The Utes started the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship this year in his honor and Aaron Lowe became the first recipient of the same. While speaking about the scholarship as well as his closeness with Ty Jordan, Aaron had said, "Ty made everyone around him better. He made me better. My friendship with Ty means a lot because he was always pushing me to be my best. He never let me settle for less. I want to make sure his legacy lives on through me."
On September 26, Aaron Lowe was attending a house party in Sugar Hood, Salt Lake City. Around 12.20 am, police received a call from the house about a fight with weapons. When they responded, they found Aaron to be shot fatally. Another woman from the party was also critically injured at the shooting, and is currently battling for life at a local hospital. Meanwhile, police have informed that they received a noise complaint about the Sugar Hood house at around 10:30, before the gunshots were heard. However, no arrests have been made till now and the police are looking for possible suspects.
"We have been in communication with Aaron's family and we are providing support to them, as well as to the student-athletes, coaches and staff in all of our athletics programs, and our focus will remain on them," Utah athletic director shared.