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'We are devastated,' friends, family and fans react to Utah player Aaron Lowe's death

FILE - Utah defensive back Aaron Lowe (2) is shown in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona, in Tucson, Ariz., in this Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, file photo. A University of Utah football player has been killed in a shooting at a house party early Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, Salt Lake City police said. The shooting that killed Aaron Lowe occurred just after midnight, only hours after the Utes beat Washington State 24-13. Police said another victim in the attack was in critical condition and authorities were searching for a suspect. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

University of Utah football player Aaron Lowe was shot and killed at a house party in Salt Lake City early Sunday morning.

Lowe was the first recipient of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship and switched his number from No. 2 to No. 22 to honor the life of his friend and teammate Ty Jordan.

Lowe signed with the Utes back in 2019, coming from West Mesquite High School in Texas.

A GoFundMe was created by Lowe's family asking for help to send the 21-year-old home and to cover funeral expenses.

"We want to give Aaron the memorial he deserves, to honor his memory and respect for his life," the GoFundMe page reads.

He played in 11 games on special teams as a freshman, all five games on special teams in 2020 and also took to the field on special teams during the Utes' 2021 season.

Many are mourning the loss of the 21-year-old defensive back and taking to social media to honor his memory.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said in a tweet, "Abby and I mourn with our U of Utah family and friends at the tragic passing of Aaron Lowe this morning. Our prayers are with his family at this terribly difficult time."

Utah starting quarterback Cam Rising said, "Rest in Pease A Lowe. Love you brother."

Utah Head Football 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.

Utah Jazz star Donovon Mitchell also took to Twitter to share his thoughts. "Rest in Peace Aaron Lowe," he said.

Jazz star Joe Ingles also tweeted his condolences using a series of praying hand emojis.

The official Twitter account for University of Utah football said "Rest in Peace, A Lowe. We love you forever."

Utah Director of Athletics Mark Harlan had this to say:

We are devastated by the loss of Aaron Lowe earlier this morning. 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.

Others remembering the life and career of Aaron Lowe include current and former teammates.

Former wide receiver Kenneth Scott said in a Twitter post, "Man. No way. Unbelievable. Rest In Peace ALowe."

Wide receiver Solomon Enis also took to Twitter and said" You’ll be missed A Lowe Rest In Peace fam."

Takka Jorda, aunt of former Utah player Ty Jordan, also shared her thoughts following Lowe's death. "I wanna say Happy Birthday to me but so saddened by the current events. I feel defeated #LLTheFamily," she tweeted.

Brigham Young University football also sent their condolences to the Utes following Lowe's passing. In a tweet, BYU Football said, "Rest in Love, Aaron Lowe. Our thoughts and prayers are with @Utah_Football."

Former Utah player and current BYU wide receiver Samson Nacua, ran out a No. 22 flag in honor of Ty Jordan and then gave it to the Utah bench during a rival game, also shared his thoughts on Lowe's passing. Nacua played with both Jordan and Lowe before transferring to BYU last year.

In his tweet, Nacua said, "Makes me so sick waking up to news like this. A Lowe you will be missed. My heart is with my @Utah_Football family."

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown had this to say in a tweet:

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 & the University of Utah community.

University of Utah President Randall thanked Brown for his condolences, and for everything the SLCPD is doing during the investigation, following the Chief's tweet.