Mother of slain Utah student wants charges for person who loaned killer the gun

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) The mother of a University of Utah student-athlete who was killed on campus wants someone to be charged in her daughter’s murder.

On October 22, Lauren McCluskey, 21, was shot and killed by Melvin Rowland, a man she previously dated. Rowland was tracked down later that night, but as officers closed in, he turned the gun on himself. 

Jill McCluskey, Lauren’s mother and a professor of economics at Washington State University, said in a tweet Tuesday, “The person who lent Lauren’s killer the gun needs to be prosecuted. It is a great responsibility to own a gun. #ForLauren.”

In the days following Lauren’s murder, University of Utah police learned Rowland had borrowed the murder weapon from an acquaintance under false pretenses. Rowland had reportedly asked to borrow the firearm “to teach his girlfriend how to shoot.”

At the time when this information was released, police said that person was fully cooperating in the investigation and it was not anticipated that any charges would be filed.

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