Lauren McCluskey’s parents say her death could have been prevented

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UPDATE 5/18/2020: New allegations have surfaced against a former University of Utah officer assigned to the McCluskey case showed off explicit photos of her to another officer. Click the link to follow updates on that story.

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) The parents of murdered University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey are now speaking about what lead to the death of their daughter. McCluskey was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend in October.

Since then, the University of Utah police have tried to explain why they made the decisions they did prior to her murder. Her parents spoke exclusively to ABC News and shared what they feel has been their greatest tragedy.

“I think, the first thing that struck me was the unfairness of it,” said Matt McCluskey.

“Yeah, we won’t get to see her at each stage of her life and she was so excited about having a career, about having a family in the future. And we won’t get to see any of that or experience any of that,” said Jill McCluskey.

 The University of Utah has released a statement Friday in response to the interview. It said in part: 

“The parents of Lauren McCluskey have raised important questions and understandable concerns about campus safety and whether the university’s public safety, student housing, and other departments did everything they could to prevent the crime that took their daughter’s life. Lauren’s friends, teachers and all members of the university community grieve the loss of this vibrant and promising young student and athlete. That said, we are aware that nothing can compare to the heartache of parents who have lost their daughter to a violent crime.

Precisely because serious questions were immediately raised about the university’s response in Lauren’s case and their implications for campus security, the president in October 2018 promptly commissioned an independent and thorough review from three outside experts covering every aspect of campus security. Those experts included two highly respected former commissioners of public safety in Utah and a former university chief of police who now serves as the head of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). The report was received in late December and includes specific recommendations for improvement in policing security and campus communications.

The report identified areas of deficiency in the university’s systems and processes and made 30 recommendations for ways to improve them. The university is acting immediately to correct the deficiencies identified in the report. The university is acting immediately to correct the deficiencies identified in the report.”

To read the full statement, visit

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