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Man, 22, arrested for shooting a University of Utah soccer star at a party

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A 22-year-old Sudanese man has been arrested in connection with the death of University of Utah soccer player Aaron Lowe, who was shot and killed at a house party near the college last week.

Buk Mawut Buk, a citizen of Sudan, was arrested Sunday and charged with murder, aggravated murder, discharging a firearm and violation of parole or probation. His mugshot has not yet been released.

Lowe, a 21-year-old sophomore cornerback, was shot shortly after midnight on Sept. 26, a few hours after his team, the Utes, defeated Washington State 24 to 13.

Buk is also charged with shooting a 20-year-old woman who “has undergone extensive surgery” and remains in critical condition, Salt Lake City police said, who said the shooting had nothing to do with gangs or a targeted attack on the university.

Tragically, Lowe was the first recipient of a commemorative grant created in honor of his friend and former teammate Ty Jordan, 19, a freshman at the University of Utah who accidentally shot himself on Christmas Day 2020.

Aaron Lowe (above), 21, was gunned down at a house party in Salt Lake City last week. Sudanese Buk Mawut Buk has been arrested in connection with his death

Lowe was a 21-year-old sophomore at the University of Utah, where he was a cornerback on the soccer team.  Above, he is on the field during a game against Arizona in November 2019

Lowe was a 21-year-old sophomore at the University of Utah, where he was a cornerback on the soccer team. Above, he is on the field during a game against Arizona in November 2019

Lowe's teammates attended a candlelight vigil for him on campus Wednesday night

Lowe’s teammates attended a candlelight vigil for him on campus Wednesday night

Lowe and Jordan were also friends at West Mesquite High School in Texas.

On Sunday, Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown thanked the community for submitting tips, photos and videos leading to Buk’s arrest. He said investigators conducted more than two dozen interviews.

The University of Utah held a candlelight vigil for Lowe on Wednesday. Several of his teammates were present.

‘The people who organized the party wanted it to be a relatively small party. The people who showed up were not invited. They were asked to leave and that’s when this fight happened,” SLC police spokesman Brent Weisberg told the Salt Lake Tribune last week.

Lowe was invited to the party, Weisberg said.

In total, between 10:38 p.m. and 12:02 a.m., police received six calls related to the gathering, including a noise complaint, police said, but they did not come to the house due to other emergency calls assigned.

Salt Lake City Police Department responded with a “tactical approach” at 12:31 a.m. after being called at 12:19 a.m. with reports of a gunfight.

The house where the incident took place is located on the 2200 block of South Broadmoor Street.

The shooting took place on the 2200 block of South Broadmoor Street in Salt Lake City, where gunfire broke out after uninvited guests were asked to leave

The shooting took place on the 2200 block of South Broadmoor Street in Salt Lake City, where gunfire broke out after uninvited guests were asked to leave

Lowe was the first recipient of a scholarship to honor Ty Jordan (above), 19, a former high school teammate of Lowe's who accidentally shot himself on Christmas Day 2020

Lowe was the first recipient of a scholarship to honor Ty Jordan (above), 19, a former high school teammate of Lowe’s who accidentally shot himself on Christmas Day 2020

Both Lowe and Jordan were students and soccer players at the University of Utah, pictured

Both Lowe and Jordan were students and soccer players at the University of Utah, pictured

“The reasons the agents formed their tactical approach were for the safety of the agents and everyone on the scene,” Weisberg said, explaining his department’s response.

“They found themselves in an unknown situation. They knew there was a fight and a weapon involved. … They approached together.

“They wanted to make sure they had enough resources to deal with any potential threat on the ground and to speak to the victims immediately.”

Tributes poured in for Lowe after his death.

“We are devastated to hear that Aaron Lowe has passed away,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said in a statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Aaron’s family and friends, along with the other person injured in this tragic incident. Aaron was a great teammate, friend, brother and son and was loved by all who crossed his path. He will be sorely missed.’

Lowe's friends and teammates tweeted last week in honor of his passing

Lowe’s friends and teammates tweeted last week in honor of his passing

Utah Governor Spencer Cox also tweeted his condolences to Lowe’s family.

‘Abbey [Cox’s wife] and I mourn with our family and friends the tragic passing of Aaron Lowe this morning. Our prayers are with his family at this terribly difficult time.”

In addition to receiving the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship, Lowe was a high school teammate of Jordan’s in Mesquite, Texas. He switched his jersey from number 2 to 22 to honor his friend after the 19-year-old died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen on Christmas Eve 2020.

The Utes credited Lowe for convincing Jordan to play in Utah after he dropped out of school.

Jordan was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, leading all freshmen nationally in rushing yards per game before dying.

Lowe played his first two seasons in 16 combined special team games and played in all four games this season.

“Ty made everyone around him better,” Lowe said after receiving the scholarship.

“He made me better. My friendship with Ty means a lot because he always pushed me to be my best. He never let me settle for less. I want to make sure that his legacy lives on through me.”

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