University of Utah football player Aaron Lowe was killed in an early morning shooting in Salt Lake City on Sunday. He was 21 years old.
Salt Lake City police announced Lowe's death. They responded to a call about a fight involving a weapon breaking out at a house party after midnight. Two people were shot. Lowe was pronounced dead at the scene. The other gunshot victim who was not identified was transported to a hospital in critical condition.
Police are gathering information from party goers. They didn't identify a suspect in the shooting.
"We are devastated to hear about the passing of Aaron Lowe," Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham said, per a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Aaron's family and friends, along with the other individual who was harmed in this tragic incident. Aaron was a great teammate, friend, brother and son and was loved by anyone who crossed paths with him. He will be deeply missed."
Lowe was a sophomore cornerback from Mesquite, Texas who played primarily on special teams. He was the recipient of the Ty Jordan memorial scholarship honoring the former Utah running back who died of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound last year. A friend of Jordan's, he switched his number from 2 to 22 to honor him.
"It was his personality that influenced me," Lowe said upon receiving the scholarship. "I had someone in him – someone who came from where I came from. It is because of him that I changed to No. 22. The impact you left on me and all of your friends, that will be something we will never forget."
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox addressed Lowe's death on Twitter.
Abby and I mourn with our @UUtah family and friends at the tragic passing of Aaron Lowe this morning. Our prayers are with his family at this terribly difficult time.
— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) September 26, 2021
Utah football and current and former Utah players including quarterback Cameron Rising also paid tribute to Lowe on Twitter.
— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) September 26, 2021
Rest In Peace A Lowe. Love you brother.
— Cameron Rising (@crising7) September 26, 2021
I’m so hurt 💔😞
— Ja'Quinden Jackson (@leg3ndaryjaay) September 26, 2021
Rest in Peace Big Bro 🖤
— Micah Bernard (@ctb_mb) September 26, 2021
Rest In Peace A Lowe
— Brant kuithe (@Brantkuithe14) September 26, 2021
Why do the good have to die young? Love you brother. Rest in paradise
— devin lloyd (@DevinLloyd_) September 26, 2021
Man this world cold.. rest in paradise @Ezmoneylowe love you lil brudda😔🕊
— Jaylon Johnson (@NBAxJay1) September 26, 2021