Salt Lake City Police are currently investigating a fatal shootout that occurred early Sunday morning at the 2200 block of South Broadmoor Street. In the shooting, one person died at the scene and another was taken to hospital in critical condition.
At around 10:19 am MDT, Salt Lake City police confirmed that Aaron Lowe, Utah’s football cornerback, was the deceased victim in last night’s shooting. Lowe was a third year defensive back on the University of Utah football team. He played eleven special-team games in 2019, five games last season, and each of the first four games in Utah that season.
Update | 10:19 a.m. – SLCPD @ChiefMikeBrown Confirmed @UUtah Aaron Lowe, a student and soccer player from Mesquite, Texas, died on the scene after being shot dead by one or more unidentified people. You can find our full press release here: https://t.co/KTY1M4afTo #SLC #SalzLakeCity #Utah pic.twitter.com/YrpxeLQy66
– SLC police department (@slcpd) September 26, 2021
Unfortunately, Lowe isn’t the first Utah player to pass away last year. Ty Jordan suffered a tragic accident in December 2020. Utah honored Jordan with the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship, which Lowe was the first to receive.
“Ty made everyone around him better,” said Lowe upon receiving the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship. “He made me better. My friendship with Ty means a lot to me because he always pushed me to do my best. He never left me satisfied with anything less. I want to make sure that his legacy lives on through me. “
The connection between Lowe and Jordan goes deeper than just a scholarship. The two were best friends and played soccer together in high school. After Jordan’s death, Lowe honored him by changing his jersey number from No. 2 to No. 22, Jordan’s old number.
While the community continues to mourn the loss of Jordan, another tragedy has cost Lowe’s life. The Utah soccer team did a fantastic job remembering and honoring Jordan, and luckily, Lowe should get that too.
No parent, sibling, teammate, coach, or friend should have to deal with the deaths of a loved one, let alone the deaths of two in a year. The thoughts of the community are with Lowe’s family at this terrible time.
“I am deeply saddened by the shooting of Aaron Lowe,” said Police Chief Mike Brown. “This talented young man has touched the lives of so many here in Salt Lake City and Texas. Salt Lake City Police, with the Lowe family and the University of Utah community, express our condolences to them.
In response to the tragic news, University of Utah President Taylor Randall and Utah football head coach Kyle Whittingham made the following statements.
“We are devastated to learn of Aaron Lowe’s death,” Whittingham said. “Our thoughts and prayers go with Aaron’s family and friends, as well as the other person who was injured in this tragic incident. Aaron was a great teammate, friend, brother and son and was loved by everyone who met him. He is much regretted.”
“Aaron was a talented athlete, fierce competitor, respected teammate, friend, and a loving son and brother,” said Randall. “Aaron was also the first recipient of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship, which makes his death even more difficult. We mourn this senseless loss and will do everything we can to comfort Aaron’s family. “
Current and former Utah football players have responded on Twitter.
Rest in peace A lion. I love you brother.
– Cameron Rising (@ crising7) September 26, 2021
I love you family @Ezmoneylowe
– Ja’Quinden Jackson (@ leg3ndaryjaay) September 26, 2021
Why do the good have to die young? I love you brother. Rest in paradise
– devin lloyd (@DevinLloyd_) September 26, 2021
Prayers to the Lowe family & to the @Utah_Football Family!! You are missing🙏🏾
– ZMO (@ PressMoss2) September 26, 2021
Man this world cold .. rest in paradise @Ezmoneylowe i love you little brudda😔🕊
– Jaylon Johnson (@ NBAxJay1) September 26, 2021