The college football community is reeling over the loss of one of its star players.
Aaron Lowe, 21, was tragically gunned down at a house party in Salt Lake City early Sunday morning. ABC 4 reported that the University of Utah football player and another person were shot. The unidentified person is listed in critical condition.
The Utah Utes fan page shared the news on Twitter.
Rest In Peace, A Lowe.
— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) September 26, 2021
The defensive back was in his third season with the team. Affectionately known as “A Lowe,” the football player had recently become the first recipient of the Ty Jordan Memorial scholarship. Jordan, a fellow Ute and high school friend of Lowe’s, accidentally shot and killed himself in December 2020 during his freshman year at the University of Utah. He was home visiting family and friends in Denton, Texas when the tragedy happened.
Lowe and Jordan played football together in high school. AfterJordan passed away, Lowe sported his fallen homie’s No. 22 jersey instead of his No. 2.
Officials from the university’s sports department issued statements regarding the team’s loss.
Utes Head Coach Kyle Whittingham said, “We are devastated to hear about the passing of Aaron Lowe. 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.”
University of Utah Athletic Director Mark Harlan also released a statement, “We are devastated by the loss of Aaron Lowe earlier this morning. Aaron was a terrific young man, a leader on our football team, and a rock of resiliency and courage. Our prayers are with Aaron’s family, friends, teammates and all who knew and loved him.”
“We also express our deepest concern for the other individual who has been hospitalized as a result of this tragic incident. We have been in communication with Aaron’s family and we are providing support to them, as well as to the student-athletes, coaches and staff in all of our athletics programs, and our focus will remain on them,” he added.
Fans took to social media to express their condolences to the Utes.
Heartbreaking to wake up to the news of Aaron Lowe. To the @Utah_Football team and Aaron’s family, you are in our prayers. Life is too precious 🙏🏽
— Fesi Sitake (@fsitake) September 26, 2021
Reading this detail about Utah’s Aaron Lowe just crushed me… 😢 pic.twitter.com/ArVswwYvjK
— Justin Spears (@JustinESports) September 26, 2021
So Utah Football’s Aaron Lowe was shot and killed this morning and he was the first recipient of the Ty Jordan memorial scholarship which was named after the young man that passed away this past December?? Man, prayers for the family 🙏
— Big OU NDN (@OU_NDN44) September 26, 2021
I’m so sad to hear about Aaron Lowe. Love to his family and the Utah team who has gone through so much. Just terribly awful news. 😢 ❤️
— Sporty (@SportyMcSports) September 26, 2021
Our condolences to Lowe’s family and teammates.