UTAH (CBSDFW.COM) – University of Utah defensive back and former West Mesquite High School football player Aaron Lowe was killed in a shooting in Salt Lake City.
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The 21-year-old is the second Utah footballer from North Texas to die from a firearm injury last year.
“He had a lot of potential and a lot ahead of him,” said Jennifer Meek, a counselor at West Mesquite High School. “He’s so funny because on the football field, he was tough and you didn’t want to mess with him. But in person, in the classroom, in the hallways, in my office, he was the kindest, kindest, talkative.”
Lowe graduated from West Mesquite High School in 2019.
School Principal Karen Morris issued the following statement about him on Sunday:
“The West Mesquite family is deeply saddened today to hear about the passing of 2019 graduate Aaron Lowe. Aaron was known on campus for his incredible energy and kindness. He was a captain on the Wranglers football team and has continued to make us proud by attending and playing at the University of Utah. We wish peace and comfort to the Wranglers family. Aaron and his friends mourn the loss of this truly special young man.”
Salt Lake City police said Lowe was a guest at a house party when a shooting broke out early Sunday morning. “People hosting the party wanted it to be a relatively small party,” said Brent Weisberg of the Salt Lake City Police Department. “The individuals who attended were not invited guests and were asked to leave. That is when this battle happened.”
Another woman who was shot is expected to survive, but was pronounced dead at the scene.
“We are shocked to hear of the death of Aaron Lowe,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Aaron’s family and friends, along with the other person affected in this tragic accident. Aaron was a wonderful teammate, friend, brother and son and was loved by anyone he crossed paths with. We will miss him dearly.”
The fatal altercation came less than a year after T. Jordan, Lowe’s close friend and teammate at both West Mesquite and the University of Utah, was killed in an accidental shooting in Denton on Christmas Day 2020.
Those who knew the husband said that it was inconceivable that both young men were now gone. “I can’t imagine what their family is going through because they were so close,” Mick said. “It’s heartbreaking. It’s really hard.”
Just last month, Lowe was named the first recipient of the Tay Jordan Memorial Scholarship in Utah. He even switched his shirt number to 22 and said he wanted to make sure Jordan’s legacy would live on through him.
Now Lowe’s family and friends are considering his legacy. “He had the biggest smile and it was always, rain or sunny,” Mick said. “He had a smile. He was just a sweetheart.”
Counselors will be at West Mesquite High School Monday to help students process what happened.
“I’ll just listen,” Mick said. “Because I’m sad too.”
Salt Lake City police made no arrests in the case.
“We are devastated by the loss of Aaron Lowe earlier this morning. “Aaron was an amazing young man, a leader on our football team, and a rock of resilience and courage,” said Utah State Athletics Director Mark Harlan. Our prayers are with Aaron’s family, friends, teammates and all Who knew and loved him. We also express our deep concern for the other person who was hospitalized as a result of this tragic accident. We have been in touch with and support the Aaron family, as well as the student athletes, coaches and staff of all of our athletics programs, and our focus will remain on them.”