The U of U joins other campuses with memorial events for Lauren McCluskey

Oct 21, 2022, 12:00 PM | Updated: 2:29 pm
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FILE: (2020) Family and friends of Lauren McCluskey held a walk at the University of Utah to raise awareness about domestic violence on the second anniversary of her death. (Photo: Paul Nelson)
(Photo: Paul Nelson)

SALT LAKE CITY — On Friday and Saturday, the University of Utah will hold a walk and 5K race in honor of Lauren McCluskey, who, four years ago was murdered on the University of Utah’s campus. 

The memorial walk takes place today from 1 to 3 p.m. at the McCarthy Track and Field on campus.

On Saturday, the Foundation along with the University of Utah holds the inaugural 5K run.

Lauren was a student-athlete, a member of the University of Utah’s Track and Field team. She was 21 years old when she met Melvin Rowland at a bar.

Later, McCluskey made several reports to campus officials, campus police, and city police about threats she was continuously receiving from Rowland, who she briefly dated. On October 22, 2018, police said she was murdered by that man.  

The Lauren McCluskey Foundation has asked universities nationwide to host awareness activities. 

“By holding a Lauren McCluskey memorial/awareness walk on your campus, you’re being proactive about reaching students, and preparing the next generation of adults to be more prepared to listen, believe, and respond to reports of dating violence and stalking,” said the foundation 


The foundation encourages the walk not only to honor the U of U student’s life but to empower college students to show up for one another. 

By sponsoring a walk, the foundation said that students experiencing their own domestic violence situations may better understand that they have a community behind them. 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. 

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