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Memorial plaque, tree planted to honor murdered U of U athlete Lauren McCluskey

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Tuesday marked a solemn day for the University of Utah Athletics Department and the McCluskey family after a memorial plaque was dedicated in tribute to track and field senior, Lauren McCluskey. (Photo: Utah Athletics / Twitter)


Tuesday marked a solemn day for the University of Utah Athletics Department and the McCluskey family after a memorial plaque was dedicated in tribute to track and field senior, Lauren McCluskey.

Lauren McCluskey, 21, was shot and killed on the university’s campus by her former boyfriend, Melvin Rowland, who was found dead in a church hours later, Oct. 13, 2018.

A tree was also dedicated in McCluskey's honor near the McCarthey Track & Field Complex on the university's campus.

Track and Field Coach Kyle Kepler posted on Twitter saying about Lauren:

Her light will always shine bright at our track and in our hearts.

McCluskey's mother, Jill, thanked the U of U athletics department for the plaque and tree with a tweet that stated in part:

Let her light shine.

Since McCluskey's murder, the university has conducted its own investigation and review of its campus safety.

A new victim advocate is now on the job at the university's police department as part of the campus safety recommendations following McCluskey''s death.

The Lauren McCluskey Foundation has also been founded to honor her legacy and supports charitable work in her name. Click here for more information.

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