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#ForLauren: Family of slain U of U student Lauren McCluskey shares photo of special football helmet honoring her

Posted at 4:19 PM, Dec 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-31 17:12:45-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Jill McCluskey, the mother of Lauren McCluskey, a University of Utah student who was killed earlier this year, took to Twitter Sunday to express her gratitude for the Utes, who will wear a special helmet during the Holiday Bowl.

Following Lauren McCluskey’s death and throughout their season, the Utes football team wore winged feet on their helmets to honor her life. During a game against BYU, both teams wore the wing decals on the back of their helmets in a display of unity to honor Lauren, who was an athlete at the university.

Jill McCluskey expressed her gratitude for the helmet that was sent to her family and said they would be cheering for the Utes during the Holiday Bowl, when the Utes would wear a winged decal on their helmets during the game.

Lauren’s family released a statement Thursday in which they responded to the university’s findings following a pair of reviews into the school’s handling of her murder case.

“We respectfully disagree with the conclusion that Lauren’s murder could not have been prevented,” the McCluskey family wrote in a statement sent to FOX 13.