May 12, 2022

Tragedy Strikes: Utah Football Player Killed in Shooting

A misfortune struck the University of Utah football crew this week when Aaron Lowe was shot and killed in a Salt Lake City shooting. The incident occurred on Sunday morning, November 19th at 2:00 AM as he left a nightclub with his teammates for what was supposed to be an overnight stay before they traveled back to campus for their game against BYU. His death is a heartbreaking loss for his family, friends, teammates and the University of Utah.

The young man was an aspiring student athlete in both football and basketball. He played football for East High School located in Salt Lake City where he won two state championships before joining the Utes team. He had recently transferred to the U from San Jose State where he left the team and started his academic career.

As a result of this tragedy, the Utes football game against BYU was canceled and rescheduled for next Saturday, November 25th at 7:30 PM. The administration has expressed their deepest condolences to the Lowe family and sent out prayers for coach Kyle Whittingham’s team. The team was devastated by the loss of their teammate who they counted on to lead them into the game. “This is a tragic loss for our football program and for Aaron’s family,Whittingham said in an official statement. My heart goes out to his family — parents Darryl and Nannette, sisters Ashley and Lauren, and his grandparents. We lost a great teammate, a great student and a great member of our family.

As tragedy strikes during one of the most challenging periods in college football and as we witness many players suffering from head injuries and other physical and mental health issues stemming from their participation on the team, it is becoming increasingly important for these students to have access to mental health services. Many officials have expressed the need for universities to expand their student service programs in order to encourage students to seek help and not resort to self-medication or other undesirable coping mechanisms during their most difficult times.

We’ve become so conditioned as a society where we almost expect these things, said University of Utah president Ruth V. Watkins, and we’ve got to make sure that people are connected with the resources they need.

At ToTheMax, our counselors recognize the importance of having mental health services available for students during difficult times. We also recognize how important it is for universities and colleges to have these services accessible on campus conveniently located so that students and all members of the university community can quickly and easily access them.

Our services are available 24/7 to students, parents, faculty and staff via our online chat sessions, emails and text messages. Our language-specific counselors will assist you in communicating with your therapist depending on your native tongue. We also offer ToTheMax At School, a preventive program which provides mental health screenings and resources to students who may not be receiving services elsewhere.