A student was killed in a shooting at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Monday with the suspect found dead in a church on Tuesday morning.
The school will have a vigil for 21-year-old senior and track student-athlete Lauren McCluskey on Wednesday.
UPDATE: University of Utah track star Lauren McCluskey has been identified by authorities as the victim killed in the shooting on campus.
The university has canceled classes for Tuesday, Oct. 23 to allow students and faculty to grieve this tragic loss.https://t.co/mEVRHg5cv6 pic.twitter.com/hv9eoDR3q3
— ABC4 Utah (@abc4utah) October 23, 2018
“Around 8:20 p.m., university police received a report of a possible abduction in a parking lot outside a residence hall,” University of Utah’s President Ruth Watkins said in a statement on Tuesday. “Police responded and as they searched the area, they discovered Lauren deceased in a parked car near the south tower of the Medical Plaza, a residential hall on campus.”
Suspect Melvin Rowland, 37, was found dead in a Salt Lake City church, according to Good4Utah on Tuesday. He was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A school spokesperson confirmed Rowland was not a student at the university.
Utah’s sex offender registry shows that Rowland was convicted of attempted forcible sexual abuse and enticing a minor in 2004, USA Today reported. (RELATED: Retired Drama Teacher Accused Of Molesting Children Dead In Apparent Suicide)
McCluskey dated Rowland for a month, according to a statement from her parents, tweeted by KUTV2 reporter Morgan Saxton.
Lauren McCluskey’s parents sent us this statement about 30min ago. She is the victim from last night’s shooting on @UUtah campus.
— Morgan Saxton (@KUTVMorgan) October 23, 2018
“He lied to her about his name, his age and his criminal history,” the statement said. “Lauren was informed by a friend about his criminal history, and ended the relationship with her killer on Oct. 9, 2018.”
Utah’s campus will remain open on Tuesday, though classes are canceled for the day, according to the statement.
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