Slain Utah Football Player Remembered for Optimism, Kindness

Utah football player Aaron Lowe was remembered as an optimist, role model, and friend at his funeral Monday, and coach Kyle Whittingham announced the school would retire Lowe’s number and establish a scholarship in his name.Friends and family pay their respects to Aaron Lowe during a funeral service at Family Cathedral of Praise, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Mesquite, Texas. Lowe, a student and football player at the University of Utah, was was shot and killed on Sept. 26 at a post-game party. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)© Provided by Associated Press Friends and family pay their respects to Aaron Lowe during a funeral service at Family Cathedral of Praise, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Mesquite, Texas. Lowe, a student and football player at the University of Utah, was shot and killed on Sept. 26 at a post-game party. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Friends and family pay their respects to Aaron Lowe during a funeral service at Family Cathedral of Praise, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Mesquite, Texas. Lowe, a student and football player at the University of Utah, was was shot and killed on Sept. 26 at a post-game party. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)© Provided by Associated Press Friends and family pay their respects to Aaron Lowe during a funeral service at Family Cathedral of Praise, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Mesquite, Texas. Lowe, a student and football player at the University of Utah, was shot and killed on Sept. 26 at a post-game party. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Lowe’s coaches and teammates, Utah athletic staff, and the university president traveled from Salt Lake City to attend the service at Family Cathedral of Praise in Lowe’s hometown east of Dallas. Inside the casket, Lowe’s body was adorned in a white football uniform, including cleats, and a football was placed in his hands.Christopher Jackson, Aaron Lowe's older brother, memorializes Aaron Lowe during a funeral service at Family Cathedral of Praise, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Mesquite, Texas. Lowe, a student and football player at the University of Utah, was was shot and killed on Sept. 26 at a post-game party. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)© Provided by Associated Press Christopher Jackson, Aaron Lowe’s older brother, memorializes Aaron Lowe during a funeral service at Family Cathedral of Praise, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Mesquite, Texas. Lowe, a student and football player at the University of Utah, was shot and killed on Sept. 26 at a post-game party. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Lowe, 21, was fatally shot Sept. 26 in Salt Lake City, hours after a win over Washington State and nine months after Utes running back Ty Jordan died in an accidental shooting on Christmas night 2020.Aaron Lowe's mother, center, Donna Sterns, is consoled by her sons and Aaron's brothers Adron, left, and Erin, right, during a funeral service for Aaron at Family Cathedral of Praise, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Mesquite, Texas. Lowe, a student and football player at the University of Utah, was was shot and killed on Sept. 26 at a post-game party. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)© Provided by Associated Press Aaron Lowe’s mother, center, Donna Sterns, is consoled by her sons and Aaron’s brothers Adron, left, and Erin, right, during a funeral service for Aaron at Family Cathedral of Praise, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Mesquite, Texas. Lowe, a student and football player at the University of Utah, was shot and killed on Sept. 26 at a post-game party. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Lowe and Jordan were friends and football teammates at West Mesquite High before they went to Utah. Lowe switched his jersey number to Jordan’s No. 22 this season and was the first recipient of a memorial scholarship established in Jordan’s honor.

Utah special teams coach Sharrieff Shah memorializes Aaron Lowe during a funeral service at Family Cathedral of Praise, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Mesquite, Texas. Lowe, a student and football player at the University of Utah, was was shot and killed on Sept. 26 at a post-game party. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)© Provided by Associated Press Utah special teams coach Sharrieff Shah memorializes Aaron Lowe during a funeral service at Family Cathedral of Praise, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Mesquite, Texas. Lowe, a student and football player at the University of Utah, was shot and killed on Sept. 26 at a post-game party. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

“I loved Aaron Lowe just like everybody who came in contact with him,” Whittingham said. “He had a great heart, great smile. His personality, every time he went into a room, it lit up. He had that kind of charm and charisma. He approached life with clear eyes and a full heart.”

An officiant holds up Aaron Lowe's football helmet in his honor during a funeral service at Family Cathedral of Praise, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Mesquite, Texas. Lowe, a student and football player at the University of Utah, was was shot and killed on Sept. 26 at a post-game party. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade): Utah Lowe Football© Provided by Associated Press Utah Lowe Football

Athletic director Mark Harlan said Lowe, a communications major, was a curious student who showed concern for everyone around him, especially for those younger than him.Utah director of athletics Mark Harlan memorializes Aaron Lowe during a funeral service at Family Cathedral of Praise, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Mesquite, Texas. Lowe, a student and football player at the University of Utah, was was shot and killed on Sept. 26 at a post-game party. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)© Provided by Associated Press Utah director of athletics Mark Harlan memorializes Aaron Lowe during a funeral service at Family Cathedral of Praise, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Mesquite, Texas. Lowe, a student and football player at the University of Utah, was shot and killed on Sept. 26 at a post-game party. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

“Thank you for sharing him,” Harlan said to Lowe’s family. “Thank you for letting him be a part of us for the time we had. Yes, we’ll retire the number. It’s all about Aaron and all he did for us.”Friends and family pay their respects to Aaron Lowe during a funeral service at Family Cathedral of Praise, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Mesquite, Texas. Lowe, a student and football player at the University of Utah, was was shot and killed on Sept. 26 at a post-game party. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)© Provided by Associated Press Friends and family pay their respects to Aaron Lowe during a funeral service at Family Cathedral of Praise, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Mesquite, Texas. Lowe, a student and football player at the University of Utah, was shot and killed on Sept. 26 at a post-game party. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Sharrieff Shah, the Utes’ cornerbacks coach, and special teams coordinator, said Lowe overflowed with kindness and was “infectiously optimistic.” He said Lowe worked hard to become eligible academically coming out of high school and was an honor roll student at Utah when he died.University of Utah President Taylor Randall memorializes Aaron Lowe during a funeral service at Family Cathedral of Praise, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Mesquite, Texas. Lowe, a student and football player at the University of Utah, was was shot and killed on Sept. 26 at a post-game party. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)© Provided by Associated Press University of Utah President Taylor Randall memorializes Aaron Lowe during a funeral service at Family Cathedral of Praise, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Mesquite, Texas. Lowe, a student and football player at the University of Utah, was shot and killed on Sept. 26 at a post-game party. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Salt Lake City police on Oct. 3 arrested 22-year-old Buk M. Buk in the shooting and booked him on charges of aggravated murder, attempted murder, and felony discharge of a firearm. Police Chief Mike Brown did not disclose a motive but said the shooting was not a targeted attack on the university, its athletic department or Lowe, nor was it gang-related.Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham memorializes Aaron Lowe during a funeral service at Family Cathedral of Praise, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Mesquite, Texas. Lowe, a student and football player at the University of Utah, was was shot and killed on Sept. 26 at a post-game party. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)© Provided by Associated Press Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham memorializes Aaron Lowe during a funeral service at Family Cathedral of Praise, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Mesquite, Texas. Lowe, a student and football player at the University of Utah, was shot and killed on Sept. 26 at a post-game party. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

___Utah players observe a moment of silence in honor of slain teammate Aaron Lowe before an NCAA college football game against Southern California on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)© Provided by Associated Press Utah players observe a moment of silence in honor of slain teammate Aaron Lowe before an NCAA college football game against Southern California on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25. Sign up for the AP’s college football newsletter: https://apnews.com/cfbtop25Utah players and coaches observe a moment of silence in honor of slain teammate Aaron Lowe before an NCAA college football game against Southern California Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)© Provided by Associated Press Utah players and coaches observe a moment of silence in honor of slain teammate Aaron Lowe before an NCAA college football game against Southern California Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)FILE - Utah defensive back Aaron Lowe (2) is shown in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona, in Tucson, Ariz., in this Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, file photo. Police arrested a man early Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in connection with the shooting death of Utah sophomore cornerback Aaron Lowe. Homicide detectives with the Salt Lake City Police Department located Buk M. Buk, 22, in Draper and booked him on charges of aggravated murder, attempted murder and felony discharge of a firearm. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)© Provided by Associated Press FILE – Utah defensive back Aaron Lowe (2) is shown in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona, in Tucson, Ariz., in this Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, file photo. Police arrested a man early Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in connection with the shooting death of Utah sophomore cornerback Aaron Lowe. Homicide detectives with the Salt Lake City Police Department located Buk M. Buk, 22, in Draper and booked him on charges of aggravated murder, attempted murder, and felony discharge of a firearm. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

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    Utah football player Aaron Lowe was remembered as an optimist, role model, and friend at his funeral Monday, and coach Kyle Whittingham announced the school would retire Lowe’s number and establish a scholarship in his name.

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