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Police arrested a suspect in connection with the murder of football player Aaron Lowe.
Salt Lake City police identified the suspect as Buk M. Buk, 22. Authorities were able to track down the suspect in Draper early Sunday morning.
The suspect is charged with shooting and killing Lowe and shooting and seriously injuring an unidentified 20-year-old woman at a house party. The unidentified woman is currently in critical condition.
New eyewitness accounts report that the suspect was an uninvited guest at a house party that “caused trouble.” Buk was seen saying something under his breath to another guest before pulling a pistol from the person’s shoulder bag.
Police say Buk took the gun, left the house and crossed the street, where he fired two to three shots at Lowe and an unidentified woman. Both victims fell to the ground immediately. Police say Buk shot them five or six more times while they were on the ground.
Lowe died at the scene and the unidentified woman has been transported to the hospital for surgery, where she still remains in critical condition. The suspect was arrested while currently on probation for a prior felony charge.
Brother, friend still mourning the loss of Aaron Lowe
Police have been asking the public for help in the fatal shooting of football player Aaron Lowe since his death on Sept. 26. SLCPD officials have executed search warrants at Layton and Draper and conducted more than two dozen interviews since then.
During a news conference Sunday morning, Mayor Erin Mendenhall thanked officers for her diligence and dedication in arresting the suspect.
“To the Aaron Lowe family, my heart goes out to you as Mayor of Salt Lake City and as a mother,” Mendenhall said. “No father should have to bury his child.”
SLCPD spokesman Brent Weisberg did not open the floor for questions during the conference, saying: “We will not accept any questions and there will be no interviews afterwards because this is still an ongoing investigation with active follow-up by our homicide detectives.” .
A great deal of support followed Lowe’s death, including memorials at the University of Utah and in Salt Lake City communities.
Lowe was in his third season playing for the University of Utah football team. Most notably, Lowe was the first recipient of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship, an award created to honor former Utes player Ty Jordan, who lost his life after an accidental shooting in December 2020.
Arrested Suspect Buk M Buk
SLCPD Chief Mike Brown issued a statement regarding the arrest:
“In a time of need, we turn to our community,” said Mike Brown, Chief of SLCPD. “We asked people to come forward and share what information they had. Due to such advice and the relentless pursuit of justice by our homicide detectives, we have arrested the person accused of murdering Aaron Lowe. So many lives have been affected by the senseless shooting. I want to thank the work of our patrol officers, detectives, crime lab technicians, our data analysts, and the professional staff of the Salt Lake City Police Department. His dedicated work of reviewing every lead and every piece of evidence is what led to this arrest. ”
“Detectives continue to work on all aspects of the case and will not stop until it is resolved in court,” authorities say.
Buk has been arrested on three counts including murder, aggravated murder and firing of a firearm for a felony. The suspect is currently booked into the Salt Lake County Jail.
SLCPD says the investigation is still ongoing at this time and is asking anyone with information to call (801) 799-3000 and referral case number 21-176828.