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Newly Released Audio Sheds Light on Murdered Student Lauren McCluskey’s Contacts with Police

Newly Released Audio Sheds Light on Murdered Student Lauren McCluskey’s Contacts with Police

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey, Investigative Coordinator

January 19, 2019

  More than 15 audio files released Wednesday afternoon by University of Utah officials give the public further insight into slain student Lauren McCluskey's contact with campus police in the weeks leading up to her death. The audio files, which also include 911 calls from McCluskey's parents and...

U Responds to Op-ed Published by Mother of Slain U student

U Responds to Op-ed Published by Mother of Slain U student

By Christina Giardinelli

January 9, 2019

  Jill McCluskey, the mother of slain Utah student Lauren McCluskey, published an op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday calling for accountability of the individuals responsible for failing her daughter. During a press conference in December, University of Utah president Ruth Watkins ...

Lauren McCluskey Inspires Lawmakers to Propose New Gun Law

Lauren McCluskey Inspires Lawmakers to Propose New Gun Law

By Katelyn Collett

January 6, 2019

  Back in October, student Lauren McCluskey’s death ignited interest in how Utah communities may prevent similar incidents in the future. Andrew Studdard, a newly elected lawmaker, proposed a new law referred to as “Lauren’s Law” in order to hold owners of guns responsible for what happens wi...

McCluskey Parents Want Discipline for ‘Individuals Who Failed Our Daughter’

McCluskey Parents Want Discipline for ‘Individuals Who Failed Our Daughter’

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey, Investigative Coordinator

December 21, 2018

  Jill and Matthew McCluskey, parents of murdered University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey, have released a statement disagreeing with the school's assertions that their daughter's death could not have been prevented and urging discipline for employees who they believe failed to protect her. ...

Investigations After McCluskey Murder Find Justice System Problems

Investigations After McCluskey Murder Find Justice System Problems

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey, Investigative Coordinator

December 19, 2018

  In a press conference Wednesday morning, officials from the University of Utah and the state reported the results of two independent reviews into the University Police Department and Utah's justice system sparked by the on-campus murder of student Lauren McCluskey by her ex-boyfriend, Melvin ...

Campus on Alert After Robbery West of Library

Campus on Alert After Robbery West of Library

By Emily Anderson

December 15, 2018

  University Police are advising students to travel in pairs, lock valuables in vehicles and stay on lighted paths after a robbery occurred in the parking lot west of the Marriott Library on Saturday at 2:10 p.m. The university alerted campus of the incident at 3:42 p.m. The suspects targeted...

Homicide Suspect Spotted in Campus Library

Homicide Suspect Spotted in Campus Library

By Mackenzie McDermott

November 15, 2018

Around 10 p.m. on Nov. 14, University of Utah students received a U of U alert reading “SLC police seeking person of interest in homicide. Seen on campus this morning.” Kidus Yohannes, 31, was spotted at the J. Willard Marriott Library around 11 a.m, and the Salt Lake City Police Dep...

Former Department of Public Saftey Commissioners to Lead Reviews into UPD, Campus Safety

Former Department of Public Saftey Commissioners to Lead Reviews into UPD, Campus Safety

By Emily Anderson

November 2, 2018

The University of Utah announced Friday that former Utah Department of Public Safety commissioner and retired attorney John Nielsen will head two independent reviews into the University Police Department and campus safety. The investigations will begin immediately. This step comes 11 days after Melvin...

Murder of U Student Prompts Investigation into Police Department and Campus Safety

Murder of U Student Prompts Investigation into Police Department and Campus Safety

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey and Emily Anderson

October 25, 2018

Warning: This story contains graphic descriptions of violence. University of Utah President Ruth Watkins announced Thursday the school is initiating an independent investigation into the actions taken by the university police department (UPD) following the reports of harassment Lauren McCluskey made lea...

U Track Athlete Killed in Shooting on Campus

U Track Athlete Killed in Shooting on Campus

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey, Emily Anderson, and Christina Giardinelli

October 22, 2018

  University of Utah student and track athlete Lauren McCluskey was killed in a shooting on campus Monday night, U president Ruth Watkins announced in a statement Tuesday morning.   McCluskey, who is from Pullman, Washington, was a 21-year-old senior majoring in communication. She was a pentathlete  tran...

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