Murdered track star Lauren McCluskey's final words

Saul Bowman
October 26, 2018

Police said previously that Melvin Rowland, the man suspected of killing MCluskey and ex-boyfriend of hers, was found dead in an off-campus church early Tuesday.

McCluskey, 21, was a senior communications major and a member of the school's track-and-field team.

According to the Utah sex offender registry, the 37-year-old Rowland was convicted of enticing a minor and forcible attempted sexual abuse, both felonies, in 2014.

A friend finally told Lauren McCluskey about her boyfriend's criminal history, and the student ended the relationship with Rowland on October 9.

McCluskey then requested assistance from university police to get her auto back from Rowland, who lied to her about his name, age and criminal history, her relatives told the station.

Rowland had spent almost a decade in prison after pleading guilty to trying to lure an underage girl online and attempted sex abuse charges, according to court records. He served upwards of ten years in prison for these two separate crimes beginning in September 2003.

"He was just out of control. He had no self-control", Amann said Tuesday. He is now listed on the Utah Sex Offender Registery for a 2004 Conviction, involving a minor. He had violated his parole and was sent back to prison twice.

Police say Rowland killed McCluskey Monday night.

"We did have a case where there was a police report filed on the 12th and the 13th", University of Utah Police Chief Dale Brophy told reporters on Tuesday.

Days after a University of Utah student was killed by a registered sex offender on parole, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert called for an investigation into the Utah Department of Corrections and the Board of Pardons and Parole.

After University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey was shot and killed by a man who later turned the gun on himself, another woman has spoken out about her troubling past experience with the suspect. She attended Capital Church in Salt Lake City.


A shooting on campus was reported by university officials about an hour later.

McCluskey competed in track and field at University of Utah where she was the 10th all-time in pentathlon. He had borrowed her auto, and she requested for the University of Utah police accompany her on October 10, 2018 to get the vehicle back.

"Suddenly, I heard her yell, 'No, no, no!'" the statement reads.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Monday, McCluskey said, she was on the phone with her daughter, who was going back to her apartment after her night class.

Hearing officer Pegeen Stewart said at the 2016 hearing that she saw a pattern of manipulative behaviour, with Rowland using a jail employee to get internet access and being kicked out of a jail program for manipulating and lying.

"Tonight is a night to think about Lauren and just come together and feel in various ways and honor her", McDonald said.

"As a campus community, we share grief over this tragic loss of life", Watkins said in a statement.

Athletics Director Mark Harlan said counsellors and psychologists were available to support McCluskey's teammates, coaches and friends.

A senior communication major with a 3.75 GPA, McCluskey was scheduled to graduate in May 2019, her mother wrote. "The shots were really quiet for gunshots though, that's why I wasn't 100 percent sure they were gunshots".

The events occurred a year after a fatal shooting near campus shook the state's flagship university.

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