A Utah footballer was shot dead at a house party under mysterious circumstances early Sunday. The deceased sophomore cornerback has been identified as Aaron Lowe, and was reportedly all of 21 at the time of his death, as confirmed by Utah Gov. Spencer Cox. Cox shared his condolences to the young player’s family on Twitter.

According to Fox News, the tragic shooting that happened in Salt Lake City had left another person in critical condition too. Salt Lake City police were summoned to the spot at around midnight, where they also found another critical individual on-site, who was rushed to a nearby medical facility.

Not much has been disclosed about the killing, as further probe into the incident is underway. No suspect has been identified as yet.

The University of Utah is yet to comment on the unfortunate incident. Lowe, a noted sportsperson, was the first recipient of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship in 2021. It is believed that he had switched his jersey number to 22, in a bid to honor senior and deceased sports star Ty Jordan. Incidentally, the legendary player was also killed in a gun-related incident, the Associated Press reported.

Lowe happened to be a high school teammate of Jordan’s in Mesquite, Texas, and switched his jersey from No. 2 to 22 to honor his friend who met with an untimely end after being struck by a gunshot wound in his abdomen on Christmas night last year.

The news of Lowe’s passing stirred feelings of despair among Utah players and fans alike. The Utah Utes were at an all-time high after beating the Cougars 24-13 during Washington State gig Saturday night. Lowe reportedly made an appearance in 16 combined games on special teams in his first two seasons and played in all four games this season, the outlet noted.

Chief Mike Brown maintained that he was extremely saddened by the news of Lowe’s death, and was always deemed an asset to the sporting community and society at large. Brown also expressed his hope for the other injured individual’s speedy recovery from the attack.

Lowe got started as all-district safety in Texas before he became a part of the Utes. Past records indicate that he largely played on special teams.

Aaron Lowe #22 of the Utah Utes
Aaron Lowe #22 of the Utah Utes runs out of the tunnel before the start of their game against the Washington State Cougars on September 25, 2021 at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lowe was killed in a shooting at a house party early Sunday morning. Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images

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