Utah football player from North Texas, Aaron Lowe, killed in memory of optimism and kindness – CBS Dallas/Fort Worth
Mesquite, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) Former West Mesquite High footballer and University of Utah defensive back Aaron Lowe is remembered as an optimist, role model and friend at his funeral Monday, October 11.
There, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham announced that the school would retire Lowe’s Number and establish a scholarship in his name.
Lowe’s coaches and teammates, Utah state athletic staff, and the university’s president traveled from Salt Lake City for the service at Family Cathedral of Praise in Lowe’s hometown of Mesquite.
Inside the casket, Lowe’s body was decorated with a white soccer uniform, including cleats, and a soccer ball was placed in his hands.
Lowe, 21, was fatally shot on September 26 in Salt Lake City, hours after his victory over Washington State and nine months later. Utes died running back Ty Jordan in an accidental shooting on Christmas Eve 2020.
Lowe and Jordan were friends and teammates on the football team at West Mesquite High before they went to Utah.
Lowe switched his jersey number to Jordan’s number 22 this season and was the first recipient of a memorial scholarship erected in Jordan’s honor.
“I loved Aaron Lowe just as much as anyone he’s been in contact with,” Whittingham said. “He had a wonderful heart and a wonderful smile. His personality, every time he went into a room, would light up. He had that kind of charm and charisma. He approached life with clear eyes and a full heart.”
Athletics director Mark Harlan said Lowe, who specializes in communications, was a curious student who showed an interest in everyone around him, especially those younger than him.
Thank you for sharing, Harlan told Lowe’s family. “Thank you for letting him be a part of us for the time we had. Yes, we’ll retire the number. It’s all about Aaron and all he has done for us.”
Sheriff Shah, Utes coach and special teams coordinator, said Lowe was full of kindness and was “contagiously optimistic”. He said Lowe worked hard to become academically qualified after he graduated from high school and was an honors student in Utah when he died.
On October 3, Salt Lake City police arrested 22-year-old Pok M Pok in the shooting and booked him on charges of premeditated murder, attempted murder, and felony shooting.
Police Chief Mike Brown did not disclose a motive, but said the shooting was not a targeted attack on the university, the athletics department or Lowe’s, and was not linked to the gang.
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