$94,000 raised for memorial fund honoring slain Utah track athlete, former Pullman HS star

$94,000 raised for memorial fund honoring slain Utah track athlete, former Pullman HS star

A memorial fund honoring Lauren McCluskey has raised over $94,000 for female track athletes at the University of Utah, according to a tweet sent out by her mother Jill Friday morning.

Thank you to everyone who has given to Lauren’s scholarship to support @Utah_trackfield. So far, people have given $94,300 to support these strong female athletes–Lauren’s teammates and sisters. Lauren’s scholarship will live forever. @utahathletics https://t.co/KyrH05Tg9l

— Jill McCluskey (@jjmccluskey) March 21, 2019

McCluskey, 21, was shot and killed in a car on the University of Utah campus in October. Invstigators idendified 37-year-old Melvin Rowland as the shooter. He was later found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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The two had dated for about a month, before separating. Rowland had lied to McCluskey about his name, age and having a criminal history.

McCluskey’s mother was on the phone with her when she was killed.

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McCluskey was a track and field athlete on the University of Utah team and would have graduated this year with a degree in communication. She graduated from Pullman High School in 2015 and also held a Washington State title in the high jump.

For more information about the memorial fund, click here.

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