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Murdered U of U student Lauren McCluskey receives posthumous bachelor's degree

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University of Utah student, Lauren McCluskey, received a posthumous degree after her death her mom announced Thursday. (Photo: University of Utah)

(KUTV) -- University of Utah student, Lauren McCluskey, received a posthumous degree after her death her mom announced Thursday.

McCluskey, 21, was shot and killed on the U of U campus by her ex-boyfriend Melvin Rowland, 37, on Oct. 22, 2018.

Originally from Pullman, Washington, McCluskey was a senior communication major and highly regarded as a member of the university's track and field team, specializing in high jump.

Her mother, Jill McCluskey, posted a photo on Twitter of the bachelor of science degree in communications with the statement:

She was so excited to graduate and make a positive difference in the world.

Police found Rowland dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a Salt Lake City church.

He spent the last decade in and out of prison with charges enticing a minor over the internet and attempted forcible sex abuse, according to records obtained by 2News.

A fund has been established to honor the memory of Lauren McCluskey. Her family has suggested money collected by the fund support future scholarships for student-athletes in track and field at the university.

Click here to make a donation.



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