U of U police apologize to McCluskey family after awards ceremony

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – The University of Utah has released an apology to the McCluskey family after a department awards ceremony Wednesday.

University of Utah officials say the ceremony was held to recognize more than 30 people and groups for their years of service.

Officials say recognition was given on individual efforts on more complex cases and campus partners for their continued support.

The ceremony honored those who dedicated time and talents to specific situations that have occurred on campus over the past few years, authorities say.

A statement released on the University of Utah Police Department Twitter page states “We deeply regret and apologize for any pain that the inclusion of Lauren’s name on the program many have caused to the McCluskey family.”

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University of Utah police spokesperson Dan Metcalf denied comment in a conversation with ABC4 News when asked about the details of the ceremony involving Lauren McCluskey.

McCluskey was a student-athlete who was murdered on campus in October of 2018.

Jill McCluskey, Lauren’s mother expressed feelings of confusion toward the ceremony on Twitter Thursday. She says “I can’t imagine anyone thinking this is a good idea. It shows how out of touch they are.”

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