A University of Utah football player – who took the shirt number of a teammate who was fatally shot last year – was reportedly gunned down and killed at a house party on Sunday.
Aaron Lowe, 21, a defense attorney from Mesquite, Texas, died of a gunshot wound at the gathering in the city’s Sugar House neighborhood, ESPN reported.
An unidentified second female victim was also hit during the 12:20 p.m. Sunday incident and remains in critical condition, reported ABC4 Utah.
The circumstances of the shooting were not immediately clear and no arrests were made, officials said. ABC4 reported that there were witnesses and possible video footage.
In a cruel irony, Lowe was Utah’s first recipient of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship, created after Jordan was accidentally shot dead in 2020.
Jordan and Lowe had been close friends, with Lowe switching jersey numbers last year to honor his fallen teammate.
Lowe, in his third year on the team, had played each of the first four games in Utah that year.
Shocked teammates flooded social media with messages of sadness and condolences.
“Why do the good guys have to die young?” wrote Utah player Devin Lloyd. “Love you, brother. Rest in paradise.”
Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham made a statement following Lowe’s murder.
“Aaron was a great teammate, friend, brother and son and was loved by everyone who met him,” he wrote. “He will be very much missed.”
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