"It is with tremendous sadness that I share the news that Lauren McCluskey, an accomplished student athlete who came to the University of Utah from Pullman, Washington, was killed Monday night on our campus".
In a statement, University President Ruth V. Watkins said the senior majoring in communications was also an "outstanding scholar".
21-year-old Lauren McCluskey was found shot and killed in a auto on the night of October 21, 2018. Police then placed the campus on lockdown as they searched for Rowland, who was identified as a suspect in a university alert that was issued at 12:01 a.m.
McCluskey was a track and field athlete and majored in communication at Utah. The 21 year-old was a national caliber track and field athlete and to those who knew her well, she was a handsome person both inside and out.
Detectives had been in touch with McCluskey regarding the allegation, according to (police chief Dale) Brophy, who would not provide further details related to that investigation.
Police told the Salt Lake Tribune that Jill McCluskey was on the phone with her daughter Monday night when she heard her scream.
Rowland, a 37-year-old man, and McCluskey were in a relationship for about a month but McCluskey broke things off on October 9 when she learned about Rowland's lies. The suspect, her former boyfriend and registered sex offender, Melvin Rowland, was linked to the attack and killed himself later that night. Authorities suspect he shot and killed Lauren McCluskey before committing suicide on October 23, 2018. McCluskey also said that Rowland harassed her daughter after the breakup.
"I heard her yell, 'No, no, no!' I thought she might have been in a auto accident", Jill McCluskey said.
"Suddenly, I heard her yell, "No, no, no"!" her mother wrote. According to recording of his 2012 parole hearing, Rowland admitted in one case that he raped a 17-year-old girl he had met on the internet, and in the other was arrested by an undercover officer after trying to arrange what he thought was sex with a 13-year-old.
"He was just out of control".
The bar owner said he had severed ties with the security firm as of Tuesday. His defense attorney did not immediately return a call Tuesday seeking comment.
Felsted on Tuesday described Rowland as "not fully compliant" with the terms of his parole, but said the violations were not so severe they would send him back to prison and that Rowland was working toward getting into compliance.
U. officials announced the situation was "all clear" shortly after 2 a.m. Tuesday, saying, "Melvin Rowland, the suspect in the fatal shooting on campus, has been located and is no longer a threat".
Chenwei Guo, 23, a University of Utah student from China, was fatally shot by an ex-convict who used a gun stolen after another slaying in Colorado.
"She did the right thing, she tried to get help, she, you know, did the things that you're supposed to do, and something very bad still happens", McNatt said.
McCluskey was a senior track athlete studying communications at the U. According to the university's statement, police discovered McCluskey's body in a parked vehicle outside an on-campus residence hall Monday night.
Lauren McCluskey, a senior from Pullman, Wash. who majored in communications, was found in a vehicle shortly before 10 p.m. local time.