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University of Utah teams to wear special logo in upcoming games to honor slain student athlete

Posted at 1:30 PM, Oct 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-24 17:41:19-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Teams at the University of Utah will honor a student athlete who was shot and killed on campus this week with a series of events and some gear bearing special logos.

Lauren McCluskey. Image via Utah Athletics/Twitter.

Lauren McCluskey, a 21-year-old who expected to graduate in May and a member of the track team, was shot and killed near campus housing.

The suspected gunman, Melvin Rowland, took his own life after a brief foot pursuit with police in downtown Salt Lake City hours after McCluskey was killed.

Classes were canceled at the University of Utah Tuesday but resumed Wednesday. Flags have been lowered to half-staff, and the University of Utah states a Lauren McCluskey Memorial Fund will collect donations.

At the request of her family, the fund will help support future scholarships for student athletes competing in track and field. Click here for details or to donate.

A vigil will be held on the steps of the Park Building at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Members of the track and field and cross country teams will attend and wear black ribbons.

McCluskey will also be honored at several sporting events in the coming days.

Today (Wednesday, Oct. 24)

5:00 p.m. Candlelight Vigil on the steps of the Park Building. The track and field and cross country teams will wear black ribbons.
7:00 p.m. Volleyball match vs. Washington State. There will be a moment of silence and Utah and Washington State will link arms in solidarity for Lauren, who is from Pullman, Wash. Stickers with the winged foot logo will be given to fans.

Thursday, Oct. 25

7:00 p.m. Soccer game vs. UCLA. There will be a moment of silence and the Utah players will wear wristbands with the heart logo bearing Lauren’s initials. Fans will receive the winged foot logo.

Friday, Oct. 26

11:10 a.m. PT Pac-12 Cross Country Championships at Stanford. The cross country team will wear black uniforms with a patch of the heart logo bearing Lauren’s initials.
7:30 p.m. PT Football game at UCLA. The Utes will wear a helmet decal with the winged foot logo. In addition, the UCLA athletics department will hold a moment of silence at the game.