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Lockdown Lifted, Vigil Planned For U of U Student Killed In Monday Shooting

University of Utah

The University of Utah says it has lifted the lockdown of the campus after a fatal shooting. University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins informed students, through the university's online safety network, that Lauren McCluskey was killed Monday night.

McCluskey was an accomplished student-athlete who came to the University of Utah from Pullman, Washington. Day and evening classes for Tuesday are canceled to allow the campus community to grieve. Counseling and support services are available to students, staff and faculty.

The Associated Students of the University of Utah and our athletics department are holding a vigil Wednesday at 5 p.m. on the steps of the university's Park Building.

We are told that around 8:20 p.m. Monday, university police received a report of a possible abduction in a parking lot outside a residence hall. Police responded and as they searched the area, they discovered the victim in a parked car near the south tower of the Medical Plaza residential hall.

Police issued a secure-in-place order for campus as they searched for a suspect. That order remained in effect until just before midnight, after police determined the suspect had left the area. The shooting suspect, 37-year-old Melvin Rowland, was later found deceased at an off-campus location.

Watkins says McCluskey was a highly regarded member of the university’s track and field team and an outstanding scholar who was a senior majoring in communication. 

At 14-years-old, Kerry began working as a reporter for KVEL “The Hot One” in Vernal, Utah. Her radio news interests led her to Logan where she became news director for KBLQ while attending Utah State University. She graduated USU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and spent the next few years working for Utah Public Radio. Leaving UPR in 1993 she spent the next 14 years as the full time mother of four boys before returning in 2007. Kerry and her husband Boyd reside in Nibley.