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Arrest made in murder of University of Utah football player Aaron Lowe

Oct 3, 2021, 7:45 AM | Updated: 3:04 pm

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Broadmoor Street in Salt Lake City's Sugar House neighborhood is pictured Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, after a shooting that killed University of Utah sophomore defensive back Aaron Lowe was killed and another person was injured. Photo: Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Police announced an arrest early Sunday morning in the murder of Aaron Lowe, a football player at the University of Utah, one week ago at a party off campus. 

Detectives booked Buk M. Buk, 22, into jail. He faces accusations of aggravated murder, attempted murder, and felony discharge of a firearm. 

aaron lowe tackling another player

FILE: Utah Utes wide receiver Britain Covey (18) is tackled by Utah Utes defensive back Aaron Lowe (22) during the Red and White game in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Police announced an arrest in the murder of Aaron Lowe on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

In a news release, the police department said its homicide detectives, gang unit, bike squad and SWAT team executed search warrants in both Layton and Draper, conducting more than two dozen interviews in the course of the investigation. Buk was arrested in Draper. 

Tips, hard work lead to arrest in Aaron Lowe case

Chief Mike Brown issued a statement crediting the hard work of the department along with tips from the community for leading to the arrest. 

In a time of need, we turned to our community. We asked people to come forward and to share the information they had. Because of those tips and the unrelenting pursuit of justice from our homicide detectives, we have arrested the person accused of murdering Aaron Lowe. So many lives have been impacted from this senseless shooting. I want to thank the work of our patrol officers, detectives, crime lab technicians, our data analysts, and the professional staff of the Salt Lake City Police Department. Their dedicated work of combing through every lead and every piece of evidence is what led us to this arrest.

Police allege Buk shot and killed Aaron Lowe at a party in a house on Broadmoor Street in Salt Lake City on Sept. 26, 2021. They accuse him of also shooting a woman who required surgery for her wounds. She remains in critical condition, according to police. 

The police department planned to hold a news conference with more details later Sunday morning. 

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