Suspect in Utah university killing was sex offender

Campus shooting reported at University of Utah

"Suddenly, I heard her yell, 'No, no, no!' I thought she might have been in a auto accident". Police later provided an escort for McCluskey after Rowland dropped her vehicle off in a parking lot several blocks from her dorm.

University of Utah's track athlete Lauren mccluskey was shot in killed on Monday night as she headed back to her campus apartment.

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

University of Utah Police Lt. Brian Wahlin says the female student's body was found about 9 p.m.in a vehicle near the medical towers, the Tribune reports. "I have a little sister and for that to happen and for a mother to lose her child, her daughter especially in that way", Mitchell said of McCluskey. The suspected gunman was found dead later inside a church in Salt Lake City.

Lauren McCluskey was found shot in a vehicle Monday night near student housing.

In a statement, McCluskey's parents confirmed her daughter had been previously been in a relationship with Rowland for about a month. The shooter, a 37-year old man named Melvin Rowland, was also found dead in a church outside the campus.

"We did have a case where there was a police report filed on the 12th and the 13th", University of Utah Police Chief Dale Brophy told reporters on Tuesday.

McCluskey, a senior student at the University of Utah, was reportedly shot and killed by 37-year-old Melvin Rowland, who police suggested may have been an ex-boyfriend.

All classes at the U. are canceled Tuesday after police sent out alerts and urged the entire campus to secure in place while they searched for Rowland Monday night. McCluskey reported she was being harassed to UPD on two separate occasions - October 12 and 13.

Gould said McCluskey was a hardworking student who was kind to everyone and kept her friends smiling.

The shooting occurred just days before the one-year anniversary of the death of U. student ChenWei Guo, who was shot and killed on campus by a man who attempted to steal his vehicle and kidnap a woman who was with him.

According to University of Utah police lieutenant Brian Wahlin, who spoke with Fox 13 in Salt Lake City early Tuesday, McCluskey had had a previous relationship with Rowland.

Then, on October 13, she received a demand for money in order to prevent compromising photos of her and Rowland from being published on the internet, and she met the demand by depositing $1,000 in an account, Brophy said. He said she was a proud Ute and an outstanding student-athlete.

Lauren McCluskey was majoring in communication and was excited to graduate next spring, said her mother, adding that her daughter was a Washington state high jump champion in high school and loved to sing.

Rowland was convicted of forcible sexual abuse and enticing a minor, both felonies, in 2004 in Utah.

The shooting comes almost a year after ChenWei Guo, an worldwide student from China, was shot and killed on campus while in his vehicle. Police say a man she briefly dated shot and killed her.

There was no other immediate information available about the shooting or the identity of the victim. The lockdown was lifted at 11:40 p.m. because the suspect was no longer a threat.

Last month, Austin Boutain, 24, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to the killing.

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