Suspect in University of Utah shooting found dead

Lauren Mc Cluskey was scheduled to graduate from the University of Utah in May 2019

Lauren Mc Cluskey was scheduled to graduate from the University of Utah in May 2019

Investigators had been working to build a case after receiving the report from victim 21-year-old Lauren McCluskey, a senior from Pullman, Washington, university police chief Dale Brophy said. After the breakup, Lauren asked for help from the University of Utah police to retrieve her vehicle from Melvin, who was borrowing it.

The events occurred a year after a fatal shooting near campus shook the state's flagship university.

At the time of the breakup, Rowland was borrowing McCluskey's vehicle. Melvin Rowland, 37, killed himself inside a nearby church.

Early Tuesday, Salt Lake City Police saw Rowland in downtown Salt Lake City and briefly chased him, Brophy said. Police followed Rowland to a church off-campus where he was found dead.

Women's track coach Kyle Kepler said McCluskey was a genuine, sweet person, and she was a joy to coach.

37-year-old Melvin Rowland, suspected of killing female University of Utah student.

Rowland was convicted of attempted forcible sex abuse and enticing a minor over the Internet in 2004.

Two months later, he was granted an early release from prison.

Rowland lied to McCluskey about his name, age and criminal history in the past month when they dated, her parents told the The Salt Lake Tribune.

A law enforcement officer walks near the South Medical Tower on the University of Utah campus during a search for a man they say shot and killed a University of Utah student outside of a dormitory on campus, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Salt Lake City.

Melvin Rowland

"I thought she might have been in a auto accident", Jill McCluskey said.

"Suddenly, I heard her yell, 'No, no, no! That was the last I heard from her", she wrote, adding that her husband called 911.

Students and athletes from other schools throughout Utah were among those in the crowd to remember McCluskey and show support for her friends and family.

McCluskey's parents, Matt and Jill McCluskey, are both WSU faculty members. Authorities suspect he shot and killed Lauren McCluskey before committing suicide on October 23, 2018. "It was assigned to a detective".

Rowland told officials he was a reformed family man at his last parole hearing in January, where he said, "But the underlying is, I was just ashamed of coming back".

Asked about the October 10 incident when McCluskey asked for help retrieving her auto, Brophy said police "are still working on tracking that report down, whether it was us or another agency".

Hundreds of students attended a vigil Wednesday night to honor McCluskey, a senior from Pullman, Washington, who was majoring in communication. She then filed harassment reports to the campus police on October 12 and 13. Describing the moment she met McCluskey five years ago and the relationship that blossomed between them, Weidle said they were "blessed" to have Lauren as a teammate and "sister".

"She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed".

We have canceled day and evening classes for Tuesday, Oct. 23, to allow our campus community to grieve the senseless loss of this bright, young woman. Last October, ChenWei Guo, an global student, was fatally shot during an attempted carjacking. If they had been, they may have been able to put Rowland, who had spent much of his adult life in and out of prison, back behind bars for violating his parole.

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