SALT LAKE CITY — Police in Salt Lake City said they have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with last week’s shooting death of University of Utah defensive back Aaron Lowe.
Buk M. Buk was charged with aggravated murder, attempted murder and felony discharge of a firearm, according to a news release from the Salt Lake City Police Department.
Buk was arrested in Draper, Utah, early Sunday, according to the release.
The person accused of murdering @UUtah student Aaron Lowe is in custody!— Chief Mike Brown (@ChiefMikeBrown) October 3, 2021
Our homicide detectives did a remarkable job. They never gave up and pursued every lead to move this investigation forward.
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Lowe, 21, a cornerback for the Utes, was fatally shot in the early hours of Sept. 26 while at a house party in Salt Lake City, authorities said. He was 21.
Lowe, a sophomore from Mesquite, Texas, died at the party, which was held in the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City. The shooting occurred shortly after midnight, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
>> Utah defensive back Aaron Lowe fatally shot at party
“In a time of need, we turned to our community,” Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said in a statement. “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.”
Buk is also accused of shooting a 20-year-old woman -- who has not been identified by police -- and remains in critical condition at an area hospital, KSTU reported.
Lowe was the inaugural recipient of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship, according to KUTV. The award was created to honor former Utah player Ty Jordan, who was killed in December 2020 after an accidental shooting, the television station reported.
Before the season, Lowe had changed his jersey number to Jordan’s No. 22 to honor his friend, KSTU reported. Jordan and Lowe were high school teammates in Mesquite, according to ESPN.
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