Universities Statewide Wear Red In Honor Of Murdered Student

Oct 24, 2018, 3:05 PM | Updated: 3:05 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Students across the state are wearing red in memory of Lauren McCluskey, the University of Utah student athlete murdered on campus Monday.

A campus vigil is also taking place Wednesday at 5 p.m. outside the Park Building in Presidents Circle on the U campus.

Students from BYU, Utah State and Weber State University all wore red in support of Lauren, who was a proud Ute and star athlete for the track and field team. Monday night

The 21-year-old student lost her life Monday in a senseless act of domestic violence.

A tweet by BYU’s student section informed fellow students that BYU athletes will wear red Wednesday and encouraged fellow students to join in.

At Weber State, students, coaches and staff wore red and posed in front of purple seats at Stewart Stadium, tweeting “love and support to the McCluskey family.”

Up north, the Aggies also tweeted to wear red in support of Lauren, her family and Utah students.

“It’s a really hard time for the University of Utah,” said BYU student Christian Dahneke. “Even though we can be rivals sometimes, when it comes down to it, the most important thing is that everyone feels God’s love. I think this is a small token of what we can do to help show that.”

Meanwhile, Runnin’ Utes Vante Hendrix said he and teammates plan on attending the vigil.

“We’re …dressing the same, coming together for Lauren,” Hendrix said. “Even though some people didn’t know her, it still hits you that someone on campus died. I saw her a lot, but she never talked so she was a quiet person. I know she was sweet so for something like that to happen to her, that’s crazy.”

Student Zoe Martin, a freshmen at the U, said she also plans on going.

“I’m from Washington, she’s from Washington, so that hits a little closer to home,” Martin said. “Also it was behind my dorm where my friend and I walk usually. It’s just sad and I want to be there to support her family and friends.”

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Universities Statewide Wear Red In Honor Of Murdered Student