The Latest: Vigil held for slain Utah student-athlete

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a University of Utah student (all times local):

6 p.m.

Hundreds of University of Utah students lined up to leave flowers and candles under a picture of slain student-athlete Lauren McCluskey.

The 21-year-old McCluskey was a member of the school’s track team, and many of her teammates wiped away tears during Wednesday evening’s vigil on the steps of the Park Building on campus.

School officials announced that a winged foot logo has been created to honor her memory.

The Utes football team will wear the logo as a helmet decal in Friday night’s game at UCLA, and the soccer team will wear wristbands with a heart logo that includes McCluskey’s initials in Thursday night’s home game versus UCLA.

Utah’s cross country team will wear black uniforms and a patch of the heart logo at Friday’s Pac-12 Cross Country Championships at Stanford.

Authorities say McCluskey was fatally shot Monday night on campus by a man she briefly dated.


12:15 p.m.

A recording of a past parole hearing reveals that a sex offender who killed a University of Utah student he briefly dated said he was a womanizer who manipulated women to get what he wanted.

Melvin Rowland said during the hearing in 2012 that he manipulated every woman he met in person or online. He said he was attracted to teenage girls and vulnerable women.

His comments are contained in a recording of the hearing released Wednesday by Utah authorities.

Rowland fatally shot 21-year-old Lauren McCluskey on Monday night on the university campus and then killed himself in a church as officers closed in.

McCluskey’s mother says her daughter broke off the monthlong relationship with the 37-year-old Rowland when she learned Rowland had lied about his name, age and criminal history.


3:34 a.m.

Authorities say the man accused of killing a University of Utah student he had dated was a sex offender and his victim reported him to police.

Investigators had been working to build a case against Melvin Rowland after receiving the report from 21-year-old senior Lauren McCluskey, of Pullman, Washington.

Police say Rowland killed McCluskey Monday night. He later killed himself when police tracked him down.

McCluskey’s mother said her daughter had dated Rowland for about a month but ended the relationship when she learned he had lied about his age, name and criminal history.

According to court records, Rowland spent nearly a decade in prison after pleading guilty to trying to lure an underage girl online and attempted sex abuse charges, according to court records.

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