The victim of last night’s shooting on the campus of the University of Utah has been identified as Lauren McCluskey,
#BREAKING: The victim in last night's deadly shooting @UUtah has been identified as Lauren McCluskey. U of U President Ruth Watkins described her as a "highly regarded member of the university’s track and field team and an outstanding scholar, a senior majoring in communication." pic.twitter.com/GU4hKRBE5l
— Holly Menino (@KUTVHolly) October 23, 2018
Lauren, originally from Pullman, WA, was a member of Utah’s track team:
Our thoughts and prayers are with Lauren's family and friends. pic.twitter.com/H5q3EKqYUo
— Mark Harlan (@MarkHarlan_AD) October 23, 2018
This is just so heartbreaking:
“Her family is understandably in shock at this news about their daughter. They are heartbroken. We have and continue to offer our full support to them at this terrible time.” – @UUtah President Ruth V. Watkins on the shooting death of student athlete Lauren McCluskey. #ksltv pic.twitter.com/jjgG5FrBga
— Shara Park (@KSLSharaPark) October 23, 2018
The suspect in Lauren’s death, Melvin Rowland, was a convicted sex offender. He was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a church in Salt Lake City:
UPDATE: Melvin Rowland found dead overnight of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a local church. He's the suspect in the University of Utah shooting. Records indicate he was a registered sex offender. Right photo is most recent. @KSL5TV #KSLtv pic.twitter.com/hLLqqthbXX
— Andrew Wittenberg (@KSLAndrew) October 23, 2018
More on Rowland’s background:
Melvin Rowland the suspected U of U shooter was convicted in 2004
ENTICING A MINOR/2ND DEGREE FELONY
FORCIBLE SEXUAL ABUSE-ATTEMPTED/3RD DEGREE FELONY
He was released from the Utah State Prison in 2013. pic.twitter.com/wKXJkLyAQE
— Heidi Hatch (@tvheidihatch) October 23, 2018
Classes have been cancelled today and a memorial service is planned for tonight:
One student is confirmed deceased.
All morning and evening classes are canceled for Tues., 10/23. Campus services & facilities will remain open.
Support services are available for students, faculty and staff.
More info at https://t.co/sMi4tPwuZ7
— University of Utah (@UUtah) October 23, 2018