SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Fellow University of Utah football teammates and others in the community are reacting to the tragic shooting that took the life of Utes football player Aaron Lowe Sunday morning.
Rest In Peace, A Lowe.
— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) September 26, 2021
Utah Head Coach Kyle Whittingham released the following statement:
“We are devastated to hear about the passing of Aaron Lowe. Our thoughts and prayers are with Aaron’s family and friends, along with the other individual who was harmed in this tragic incident. Aaron was a great teammate, friend, brother and son and was loved by anyone who crossed paths with him. He will be deeply missed.”
Quarterback Cameron Rising tweeted: "Rest In Peace A Lowe. Love you brother."
Rest In Peace A Lowe. Love you brother.
— Cameron Rising (@crising7) September 26, 2021
"Why do the good have to die young? Love you brother. Rest in paradise," added Utah senior and team captain Devin Lloyd.
Why do the good have to die young? Love you brother. Rest in paradise
— devin lloyd (@DevinLloyd_) September 26, 2021
"We are devastated by the loss of Aaron Lowe earlier this morning," Utah athletic director Mark Harlan said in a statement. "Aaron was a terrific young man, a leader on our football team, and a rock of resiliency and courage. Our prayers are with Aaron's family, friends, teammates and all who knew and loved him. We also express our deepest concern for the other individual who has been hospitalized as a result of this tragic incident. We have been in communication with Aaron's family and we are providing support to them, as well as to the student-athletes, coaches and staff in all of our athletics programs, and our focus will remain on them."
Former Utes (and now NFL players) Zack Moss and Jaylon Johnson also reacted on Twitter:
Prayers to the Lowe Family & to the @Utah_Football family!! You will be missed🙏🏾
— ZMO (@PresMoss2) September 26, 2021
Man this world cold.. rest in paradise @Ezmoneylowe love you lil brudda😔🕊
— Jaylon Johnson (@NBAxJay1) September 26, 2021
Members of the surrounding community also mourned.
Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall shared, "My heart is with the family and friends of Aaron Lowe on this tragic morning. Aaron was an exceptional and talented young man who was loved by those close to him, the University of Utah community, and Salt Lake City."
My heart is with the family and friends of Aaron Lowe on this tragic morning. Aaron was an exceptional and talented young man who was loved by those close to him, the @UUtah community, and Salt Lake City.
— Mayor Erin Mendenhall (@slcmayor) September 26, 2021
Gov. Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov Deidre Henderson also shared their sympathies:
Abby and I mourn with our @UUtah family and friends at the tragic passing of Aaron Lowe this morning. Our prayers are with his family at this terribly difficult time.
— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) September 26, 2021
— Deidre Henderson (@DeidreHenderson) September 26, 2021
"I am deeply saddened by the shooting death of Aaron Lowe. This talented young man touched the lives of so many here in Salt Lake City and in Texas. The Salt Lake City Police Department grieves with and offers our condolences to the Lowe family and the University of Utah community," SLCPD Chief Mike Brown said in a statement. "Our condolences also extend to the other person injured in this shooting. I hope for their quick recovery. These investigations are complex. Our detectives have been hard at work trying to identify the suspect or suspects in this case."
Fans and community members also reacted with love for the team in statements similar to this:
I will not get frustrated over a single play of a football game this year. These kids are warriors and I will back them 100%. Playing through this type of adversity and heartache makes them the toughest Utah team I've witnessed. You have my full support. Life matters more.
— Brett Borg (@BrettBorg) September 26, 2021
Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell expressed his condolences too:
Rest In Peace Aaron Lowe🙏🏾 https://t.co/pJXc7uVNPy
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) September 26, 2021
The Pac-12 Conference and nearly every school in it also responded to the tragedy:
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) September 26, 2021
A GoFundMe has been set up to help Lowe's family with funeral-related expenses.