Utah football player remembered for optimism and kindness – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Utah football player Aaron Lowe was remembered as an optimist, role model and friend during his funeral on Monday, and coach Kyle Whittingham announced the school would remove Lowe’s number and establish a scholarship in his name.

Lowe’s coaches and teammates, Utah athletic staff and the university president traveled from Salt Lake City to attend the service at the Family Cathedral of Praise in Lowe’s hometown east of Dallas .

Inside the coffin, Lowe’s body was adorned with a white soccer uniform, including cleats, and a soccer ball was placed in his hands.

Lowe, 21, was gunned down on September 26 in Salt Lake City, hours after a victory over Washington State and nine months after Utes running back Ty Jordan died in an accidental shootout on the night of Christmas 2020.

Lowe and Jordan were soccer friends and teammates at West Mesquite High before heading to Utah. Lowe changed his jersey number to Jordan’s number 22 this season and was the first recipient of a Memorial Scholarship established in Jordan’s honor.

“I loved Aaron Lowe like everyone who came in contact with him,” Whittingham said. “He had a big heart, a big smile. His personality, every time he walked into a room, it lit up. He had that kind of charm and charisma. He approached life with clear eyes and a heart. full.”

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Funeral of former West Mesquite star Aaron Lowe at Family Cathedral of Praise church in Mesquite on October 11, 2021.

Athletic director Mark Harlan said Lowe, a communications student, was a curious student who cared about everyone around him, especially those younger than him.

“Thanks for sharing it,” Harlan told Lowe’s family. “Thank you for letting him be with us for the time we had. Yes, we’ll take the number down. It’s all about Aaron and everything he’s done for us.”

Sharrieff Shah, Utes cornerback coach and special teams coordinator, said Lowe was overflowing with kindness and “infectiously optimistic”. He said Lowe worked hard to become eligible out of high school and was a student on the Utah Honor Roll when he died.

On October 3, Salt Lake City police arrested Buk M. Buk, 22, in the shooting and charged him with aggravated murder, attempted murder and discharging a firearm. Police Chief Mike Brown did not disclose a motive, but said the shooting was not a targeted attack on the university, its sports department or Lowe, or linked to a gang.

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