She Was on the Phone With Mom, Then, 'No, No, No!'

Police say University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey was killed by an ex-boyfriend
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2018 2:47 PM CDT

(Newser) – The University of Utah is mourning the death of a student-athlete who police say was shot to death by an ex-boyfriend—one she had recently filed a police report about. One of the most wrenching details of the case is that 21-year-old Lauren McCluskey had been on the phone with her mother when the attack apparently began. Details and developments in the Monday night shooting:

  • The call: McCluskey's mother, Jill, alerted campus police about 8:30pm because she had been on the phone with Lauren when things ended abruptly. “Suddenly, I heard her yell, ‘No, no, no!’ I thought she might have been in a car accident," she says, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. "That was the last I heard from her.” Jill McCluskey stayed on the line, and after "a few minutes, a young woman picked up the phone and said all of Lauren’s things were on the ground."
  • The suspect: After also receiving reports of gunshots outside a dorm, police found McCluskey dead in a car. Later, officers spotted and chased 37-year-old Melvin Rowland, who broke into an off-campus church and fatally shot himself, per ABC News. Police say that Rowland shot McCluskey; authorities say they had recently dated for about a month before McCluskey ended things.

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