University of Utah President issues statement after Aaron Lowe’s case arrest

Oct 3, 2021, 3:22 PM | Updated: 3:27 pm
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Aaron Lowe, Photo Credit University of Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – University of Utah President Taylor Randall issued a statement Sunday after an arrest was made on the murder of Utah football player Aaron Lowe.

Early Sunday morning the Salt Lake Police Department announced the arrest of 22-year-old Buk M. Buk. He faces accusations of aggravated murder, attempted murder, and felony discharge of a firearm.

President Randall gave thanks to Chief Mike Brown, Police Officers, and detectives for their hard work in the case.

In the coming days, weeks and months, I encourage all members of the university community to check in on each other and reach out for support. In addition to the multiple witnesses to this crime, many of our students, staff and faculty knew and loved Aaron. He was a communications major, a talented member of our football team, a son, brother and friend. All affected by Aaron’s death need our compassion and understanding in working through the complex and very real reverberations of trauma and grief.

The murder of young Black men has become all too common in our society. At a gathering last week on campus I was asked what I was doing as president to better support our Black community and what the university could do to address this violence. I believe the university has an important role to play and we must use our voices, talents, and resources to drive change. I will work with my cabinet, academic and student leaders, in partnership with the U’s Black Advisory Council and community leaders, to further this work.

Campus counseling and safety resources are available to any member of our community who has been impacted. Mental health support services include: the University Counseling Center, the Huntsman Mental Health Institute crisis line and the Employee Assistance Program. Safety resources can be found via the SafeU website and through the SafeUT app.

The loss of another U student—someone with such promise and life ahead of him—leaves us anguished and shaken. But we are steadfast too. I know the University of Utah community will come together around Aaron’s family, his friends, his teachers and his teammates as we begin the long process of healing.

Utah football coach, Kyle Whittingham, named Aaron Lowe as the first recipient of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship. Aaron switched his number from 2 to 22 during the offseason to honor the life of his childhood friend.

Aaron was on his third season with the Utes, in 2019 he played 11 games on special teams, and in 2020 he played all five games in special teams.

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University of Utah President issues statement after Aaron Lowe’s case arrest