A MAN suspected of killing Utah football player Aaron Lowe has been arrested for murder and for attempting to kill another woman on the same day.
Buk M. Buk, 22, was booked into jail on suspicion of aggravated murder, attempted murder and felony discharge of a firearm, Salt Lake Police confirmed.
Police said that Buk is also accused of shooting and wounding a 20-year-old woman – who is still in a critical condition.
Lowe, 21, was shot dead on September 26 outside a home, across the street from a house party, in Salt Lake.
His tragic death was confirmed by Utah coach Kyle Whittingham in a statement last week.
In a press release issued early Sunday morning, police confirmed that the man accused of killing the football player was arrested.
Salt Lake Police Chief Mike Brown said: “In a time of need, we turned to our community. We asked people to come forward and to share the information they had.
"Because of those tips and the unrelenting pursuit of justice from our homicide detectives, we have arrested the person accused of murdering Aaron Lowe.
"So many lives have been impacted from this senseless shooting. I want to thank the work of our patrol officers, detectives, crime lab technicians, our data analysts, and the professional staff of the Salt Lake City Police Department.
"Their dedicated work of combing through every lead and every piece of evidence is what led us to this arrest.”
Whittingham, Lowe's football coach, said: "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."
Police first received a noise complaint about the house party around 10.30pm local time on Saturday.
They then received a second call at 12.20am, which related to a fight involving a weapon.
Lowe, a defensive back, was in his third season at Utah.
He had appeared in all of the team's first four games of the seasons – including Saturday's win over Washington State.
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.
"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."
In December 2020, Lowe's friend, Ty Jordan, who was voted Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, was killed in an accidental shooting.
Last month, Lowe was voted the first recipient of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship.
After receiving the honor, Lowe said: "Ty made everyone around him better.
"He made me better. My friendship with Ty means a lot because he was always pushing me to be my best. He never let me settle for less. I want to make sure his legacy lives on through me."
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