By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to media reports, Melvin Rowland, reportedly shot and killed a track standout on the University of Utah campus on Monday night. Lauren McCluskey was reportedly shot in her car before dying.
“Last night, the University of Utah lost one of our own. Senior track standout Lauren McCluskey was tragically killed in a senseless act,” Utes Athletic Director Mark Harlan said. “This news has shaken not only myself, but our entire University of Utah athletics family to its core.
“We have university counselors and psychologists on standby to support Lauren’s teammates, coaches, and friends. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and all those dear to her.”
Classes on Tuesday have been canceled.
After McCluskey was shot around 9 pm MST, the school was put on lockdown. The secure-in-place was later discontinued once the authorities believed that Rowland left the scene.
Rowland, a registered sex offender, who is 37-years-old, reportedly, according to police Lt. Brian Wahlin, had a dispute before the shooting. She was shot outside of the dorms.
Fox 13 is reporting, according to scanner traffic, that there was a “possible kidnapping and shooting in the area of 2200 East Red Butte Canyon Road. According to Broadcastify, “Officer advised a female was shot multiple times. Every available officer and K9 are responding.”
This shooting happens nearly one year after a student was killed on campus. ChenWei Guo, a Chinese national, was killed that led to a massive manhunt for the shooter.
Rowland was convicted on July 19, 2004 with enticing a minor (2nd degree felony) in Utah. He was released in September 2013.
He was also convicted on July 19th, 2004 of forcible sexual abuse-attempted (third degree felony).
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