Pullman woman identified as victim in University of Utah shooting; Suspect is dead

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on a fatal shooting on the University of Utah campus (all times local):

6:45 a.m.

The mother of Lauren McCluskey, the Pullman woman who was murdered on the campus of the University of Utah Monday night released a heartbreaking statement to NBC-affiliate KSL Tuesday morning. 

'It is with deepest sadness that we let you know that our daughter Lauren McCluskey, age 21, was the University of Utah student who was killed last night. Lauren previously dated her killer for about one month. He lied to her about his name, his age, and his criminal history. Lauren was informed by a friend about his criminal history, and she ended the relationship with her killer on October, 9, 2018. He had borrowed her car, and she requested for the University of Utah police accompany her on October 10, 2018 to get her car back. She blocked hi and his friends' phone numbers and complained to University of Utah police that she was being harassed. Last night a little before 9 pm, she was returning to her university apartment from her night class and talking to me on the phone. Suddenly, I heard her yell, 'No, no, no!' I thought she might have been in a car accident. That was the last I heard from her. My husband called 911. I kept the line open and in a few minutes, a young woman picked up the phone and said all of Lauren's things were on the ground.

Lauren was a senior student-athlete on the University of Utah track team. She was an outstanding student with a 3.75 GPA majoring in Communication and was excited to graduate in May 2019. She was a 2015 honors graduate of Pullman High School where she was Washington State champion in the high jump and the school record holder in the 100 meter hurdles. She attended Capital Church in Salt Lake City. She loved to sing and had strength and determination. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed." 

WSU President Kirk Schulz tweeted out sympathies to the McCluskey family Tuesday morning. 

6:30 a.m. 

KSL in Salt Lake City has identified the victim in Monday's night's shooting on the campus of the University of Utah as Lauren McCluskey from Pullman. 

According to KSL, McCluskey was a student-athlete from Pullman and was on the track and field team. She was a senior at the university majoring in Communications. 

The university imposed the lockdown shortly before 10 p.m., after the McCluskey's was found in a car near the medical towers.

Police followed Rowland into a church after he was spotted near 600 South 200 East in Salt Lake City at about 1 a.m. Tuesday, University of Utah Police Lt. Brian Wahlin told KUTV.

  

Wahlin said Rowland's body was found in the church.

  

The University of Utah also tweeted that Rowland had been located and was "no longer a threat."

McCluskey's mother, Jill, released a statement to KSL saying Lauren dated the suspect for about a month. She says her daughter complained to police that she was being harassed. 

5 a.m.

  

The man suspected of shooting and killing a University of Utah student has been found dead, KUTV reported.

  

Police tracked down the man, identified as Melvin Rowland, who authorities say shot a female student on campus just before 10 p.m. Monday. The student has not been identified.

  

Police followed Rowland into a church after he was spotted near 600 South 200 East in Salt Lake City at about 1 a.m. Tuesday, University of Utah Police Lt. Brian Wahlin told KUTV.

  

Wahlin said Rowland's body was found in the church.

  

The University of Utah also tweeted that Rowland had been located and was "no longer a threat."

  

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12:25 a.m.

  

The University of Utah says it has lifted the lockdown of the campus after a fatal shooting.

  

The university imposed the lockdown shortly before 10 p.m., after the body of a female student was found in a car near the medical towers.

  

Police continue to search for a man they say shot and killed the student. Police said the man is 37 years old, roughly 6 foot, 3 inches tall and weighs 250 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray beanie, black pants, white shoes and a white hoodie.

  

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11:35 p.m.

  

Police are searching for a man they say shot and killed a University of Utah student outside of a dormitory on campus, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

  

University of Utah Police Lt. Brian Wahlin says the female student's body was found about 9 p.m. in a car near the medical towers, the Tribune reports. Wahlin says the man they are searching for and the student had "a previous relationship."

  

Police said the man is 37 years old, roughly 6 foot, 3 inches tall and weighs 250 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray beanie, black pants, white shoes and a white hoodie.

  

Wahlin says dozens of police officers on campus had the situation under control, the Tribune reports.

  

"We've got the campus secure at this point in time," he told reporters shortly after 11 p.m.

  

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11:14 p.m.

  

The University of Utah campus is on lockdown after a shooting.

  

The university announced on its Twitter account that a shooting took place shortly before 10 p.m. It told people on the campus to shelter in place.

  

The university says police are looking for the suspect. The university described the suspect as a black man, 37 years old, 6-foot, 3 inches, 250 pounds, wearing a gray beanie, black pants, white shoes and a white hoodie. He was last seen on foot leaving north from the university's medical towers.

  

Police are searching the campus for the suspect.

  

Last month, an ex-convict pleaded guilty to killing a University of Utah student from China using a gun stolen after another slaying. Austin Boutain, 24, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

  

He and his wife were charged with hatching a carjacking plot that led to the October 2017 death of Chenwei Guo, whose parents live in Beijing and were devastated over the death of their only son at age 23.

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