Murdered track star Lauren McCluskey's final words

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"We did have a case where there was a police report filed on the 12th and the 13th", University of Utah Police Chief Dale Brophy told reporters on Tuesday.

Later that night, after the woman dropped Rowland at a coffee shop, police tracked him to the church where he killed himself. According to Watkins' statement, there will be an on-campus vigil for McCluskey held on Wednesday.

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. Police later determined Rowland likely was responsible for all the messages McCluskey received.

Lauren McCluskey later filed a harassment complaint with campus police, who were building a case against Rowland at the time of the killing.

Police say Rowland later killed himself.

After serving eight years in prison, Rowland was released from prison in 2012.

Several students heard gunshots, and the campus was put on lockdown with students instructed to shelter-in-place. On Oct. 10, she requested an escort from university police to retrieve the vehicle.

"When the shots were fired, I was in the garage that is right next to the parking lot, and I was going for a walk, and I heard the shots, and I looked out the window", the student said.

McCluskey was a jumper and pentathlete on the Utah women's track team.

University president Ruth V. Watkins announced that classes had been canceled on Tuesday. Lauren was a star track athlete with an outstanding 3.75 GPA and was set to graduate in May 2019. "Start to be a better role model in the community, go the extra mile to help someone in need, be there for each other", she said.

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Rowland was not a student at the university, according to police.

Lauren had broken off her relationship with Melvin Rowland earlier this month after she found out he was a registered sex offender and claimed he was 20 years younger than he actually was.

He spent almost a decade in prison after pleading guilty in 2004 to trying to lure an underage girl online and attempted sex abuse charges, according to court records.

Lauren McCluskey was on the phone with her mother, Jill, on the same night she died by gunshot at the age of 21 on October 22.

Brophy says Rowland confronted the 21-year-old McCluskey in the parking lot, dragged her into a auto and shot her multiple times in the back seat.

The female student's body was found in a vehicle near the medical towers, Wahlin said earlier.

Dean of Students Lori McDonald said this week has been especially painful because this time past year another student was shot and killed on campus during an attempted carjacking, but for the vigil, she hoped to simply create a safe space to mourn and allow the healing process to begin.

Utah Athletics Director Mark Harlan said Tuesday that McCluskey did more than just earn her position on the team, she was a "senior track standout".

Police are searching for a man they say shot and killed a University of Utah student outside of a dormitory on campus, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Austin Boutain, 24, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The woman had called police when she saw photos of the man being sought for the campus shooting.

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