Utah football honors life of 21-year-old Aaron Lowe

Friends and family pay their respects to Aaron Lowe during a funeral service at Family Cathedral of Praise, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Mesquite, Texas. Lowe, a student and football player at the University of Utah, was was shot and killed on Sept. 26 at a post-game party. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Friends and family pay their respects to Aaron Lowe during a funeral service at Family Cathedral of Praise, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Mesquite, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

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UPDATED 6:03 PM PT – Monday, October 11, 2021

A memorial was held for 21-year-old Utah football player Aaron Lowe. The ceremony took place in his hometown of Mesquite, Texas where his coaches and teammates gave speeches.

“I loved Aaron Lowe just like everybody who came in contact with him, that he was a special person who had a great heart, great smile, personality. Every time he went in, the room just lit up. I mean, he was he had that kind of charm and charisma, and he approached life with clear eyes and a full heart.”

— Kyle Whittingham, Coach at University of Utah

More than two weeks ago, Lowe was killed during a shooting at a House party in Salt Lake City. Officers said the football player was fatally shot after police received a report of a fight involving a weapon. They said officers received an additional call from a person who heard gunshots.

A woman was also shot and transported to an area hospital where she remained in critical condition. Lowe, however, was pronounced dead on the scene.

The incident comes less than a year after Lowe’s friend and teammate, Ty Jordan, was killed in an accidental shooting. Lowe, a defensive back, was the first recipient of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship and changed his jersey number to play in honor of his friend this season.

“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.”

— Utah Athletic Director Mark Harland.

Lowe was starting his third season at the school, appearing in Utah’s first four games of the 2021 season. Several shared their condolences as the football community mourns over the players passing, including Utah Coach Kyle Whittingham, Gov. Spencer Cox (R-Utah), the chief of police and several teammates.

Lowe’s suspected shooter is now in custody at Salt Lake County Jail and is being held without bail.

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