Lauren McCluskey, a 21 y.o. student athlete at the University of Utah, was murdered by a former boyfriend despite having complained to campus and Salt Lake City police over 20 times .
Lauren met her murderer, 37 y.o. Melvin Rowland, in a bar. The co-ed ended their brief, month-long relationship on learning Rowland was a convicted sex offender who had lied about his name and age.
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Over the next two weeks, Lauren reported to police that Rowland was sending her harassing messages and attempting to extort money. She did, in fact, send him $1000 in the futile hope of securing the return of embarrassing photos.
Lauren’s body was found in the backseat of a car on campus. She had been shot to death. Rowland killed himself following a police chase.
The University of Utah has settled with McCluskey’s parents for $10.5 million. A separate $3 million donation will be made to the Lauren McCluskey Foundation, and funds raised for an indoor track to be named after Lauren. Continue reading