Aaron Lowe waves a flag in honor of Ty Jordan at the BYU vs. Utah game in Provo on Sept. 11. (Utah Football)

BYU athletes, coaches show support after death of Utah football player

University of Utah defensive back Aaron Lowe died on Sunday after sustaining a gunshot wound at a party in Sugar House, and BYU players and coaches showed their support over social media for their in-state rival.

“Peace, prayers and love to the Lowe Family and ALL Utes,” BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said on Twitter. “Utah Football is strong. Always have been, always will be. Mourning with you at this very sacred time.”

“Sending our love and condolences to Utah Football and the Lowe family,” BYU head coach Kalani Sitake tweeted.

This is the second death in the Utah football program in the last year, with Lowe’s high school teammate Ty Jordan passing away on Dec. 25, 2020. Lowe wore No. 22 this season in memory of Jordan, and was the first recipient of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship.

BYU linebacker Jackson Kaufusi, whose cousin, Devin, plays at Utah, showed his support on Twitter for the rival school. “Thoughts and prayers to the Lowe family as well as all my Utah family.”

A GoFundMe entitled “For The Life of Aaron, Help Us Send Aaron Home,” was started by Lowe’s father, William Smith, to help pay the expenses for the funeral service in their hometown of Mesquite, Texas. The fundraiser has already gathered more than $24,000 with a goal of $15,000.

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