No matter the rivalry, today, BYU and Utah put their disputes aside and come together as one to mourn the terrible loss of Utah student-athlete, Lauren McCluskey.
McCluskey was walking back from her night class on the Utes campus, when her ex-boyfriend, Melvin Rowland, shot her. They found her deceased in the back of a car.
Rowland had lied to McCluskey about his age, name and criminal history her mom said in a recent statement made this morning.
Now, the community, and both schools are coming together to mourn this tragic loss.
The BYU Athletic Director, Tom Holmoe quote tweeted UofU AD’s tweet on the matter. Holmoe said:
“Prayers are with the McCluskey Family and University of Utah campus community as we mourn Lauren’s passing.”
BYU Cougars tweeted out:
“BYU Athletics is extremely saddened by the tragic loss of @utahathletics student-athlete Lauren McCluskey. Our thoughts, prayers and love go out to the McCluskey family and the entire University of Utah community.”
BYU’s Wide Receivers coach Fesi Sitake, Head Coach Kalani Sitake’s Cousin, tweeted:
“Thoughts and prayers out to Lauren McCluskey, her family and the University of Utah. My heart aches over this tragedy and it will make me hug my baby girl a little tighter today.”
Along with them, even Barstool BYU even tweeted:
“Our Condolences and prayers go out to McCluskey family and @UUtah.”
They also tagged @BarstoolUtes
The Roar of the Cougars (ROC) tweeted out
“Today, our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Lauren McCluskey and to the University of Utah during this difficult time. @UUtah @TheMuss”
Reminding everyone today, it’s more than a rivalry, and it’s more than sports.
Us at Cougar Sportswire share our condolences to the McCluskey family at this tragic time.
You can read the full statement McCluskey’s mom made here.