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Police arrest suspect in murder of U of U football player Aaron Lowe
Salt Lake Police arrested a suspect for the murder of University of Utah football player Aaron Lowe. (KUTV)

Salt Lake Police arrested a suspect for the murder of University of Utah football player Aaron Lowe.

Police announced the arrest early Sunday morning - one week after 22-year-old Lowe was killed

Officials said 22-year-old Buk M. Buk was booked into jail on suspicion of aggravated murder, attempted murder and felony discharge of a firearm.

Police said Buk is also the accused of shooting and wounding a 20-year-old woman the same day.   That victim is still in critical condition. 

Buk was found in Draper by Salt Lake Police investigators and the Utah Violent Fugitive Apprehension Team. 

In a press release issued early Sunday morning, Salt Lake Police Chief Mike Brown said:

“In a time of need, we turned to our community. We asked people to come forward and to share the information they had. Because of those tips and the unrelenting pursuit of justice from our homicide detectives, we have arrested the person accused of murdering Aaron Lowe. So many lives have been impacted from this senseless shooting. I want to thank the work of our patrol officers, detectives, crime lab technicians, our data analysts, and the professional staff of the Salt Lake City Police Department. Their dedicated work of combing through every lead and every piece of evidence is what led us to this arrest.”

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Aaron Lowe, 21, was shot and killed on September 26, outside a house near 2200 Broadmoor Street in Salt Lake.  

Police previously said Lowe was outside and across the street from a house party when he was shot. 

Lowe was in  his third season, playing for the University of Utah Football team; he was the first recipient of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship which honored the memory of another University of Utah football player who died in an accidental shooting in December of 2020. 

Lowe's father, William Smith, described the moment he got the call from his son's mother, "she says, 'we lost a child.'"

"I'm not crying because he's gone. I guess I'm crying because I can't see him, I can't talk to him. I can't get a hold of him," Smith told WFAA in Texas.

At a press conference Sunday morning, Chief Brown said he could not provide much insight into the ongoing investigation, but did say it was not a targeted attack. 

Despite rumors on social media, he said, the shooting was not targeted at the University of Utah, the football team, or even Lowe himself. He said it was also not a gang-related shooting. 

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The night of the shooting there were multiple calls of loud noise at the party. Officers were not immediately available to respond at that time, officials have said. When dispatchers received calls about an altercation and shooting, officials said officers were immediately directed to the scene. 

Salt Lake County Mayor Erin Mendenhall also spoke during the press conference, emphasizing that the police department was down several dozen paid police officer positions. She said more officers would give the department better ability to respond quicker to more calls. 

Utah athletic director Mark Harlan issued a statement in response to the arrest.

"On behalf of the Utah Athletics family I'd like to express my gratitude and appreciation for the thorough and comprehensive work done by the Salt Lake City Police Department and Chief Mike Brown to make an arrest in the murder of Aaron Lowe," he said. 

Harlan also expressed support for the 20-year-old woman who was also shot and still getting treatment in the hospital. 




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