Man Pleads Guilty to Murder of University of Utah Football Player Aaron Lowe

Man Pleads Guilty to Murder of University of Utah Football Player Aaron Lowe

Salt Lake City, UT – Buk Mawut Buk, 25, has pleaded guilty to the murder of University of Utah football player Aaron Lowe and the attempted murder of a woman injured in the same incident. The guilty plea comes more than two years after the fatal shooting took place outside a rowdy house party in Salt Lake City.

According to Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, Buk fired multiple shots at Lowe and Fuamoli Pomale during a heated argument that ensued after Lowe asked Buk’s friends to move their car. Witnesses at the scene watched in horror as Buk continued to shoot at the victims, court documents reveal.

Buk is scheduled for sentencing on April 29 and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years to life in Utah State Prison. As part of the plea agreement, additional charges of obstruction of justice and possession of a weapon by a restricted person were dismissed, considering Buk was already on probation.

District Attorney Gill expressed that while true justice would mean Lowe was still alive and the second victim did not have to endure lifelong injuries, he hopes this conviction brings some measure of closure to the loved ones of Lowe and the injured woman.

The tragic death of sophomore cornerback Aaron Lowe occurred less than a year after his teammate Ty Jordan died from an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound on Christmas night in 2020. Lowe, who had been friends with Jordan since high school, switched his college jersey to Jordan’s No. 22 and became the first recipient of a memorial scholarship established in his honor.

The incident that claimed Lowe’s life took place approximately nine months after the University of Utah’s win over Washington State. An off-campus house party meant to celebrate the victory turned violent when uninvited guests, including Buk, arrived and caused a disturbance. Lowe and Pomale attempted to leave the party but found their car blocked by another vehicle. As they argued with a group of men who refused to move their car, Buk retrieved a gun from another individual across the street and opened fire, resulting in Lowe’s death.

Pomale, who sustained multiple gunshot wounds to her neck and chest, survived after undergoing emergency surgery. Buk, who had an extensive violent criminal history dating back to at least 2017, was arrested in October of that year in Draper for the shootings. Prior to the incident, he was already on probation for two robberies, one of which involved robbing a father and daughter at gunpoint.

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1 Response

  1. This is such a tragic and heartbreaking story. My heart goes out to the family and friends of Aaron Lowe and the woman who was injured in the incident. It’s always devastating to hear about young lives being taken away so suddenly and senselessly.

    I remember when I was in college, there was a similar incident that shook our campus community. A talented and promising student-athlete was also killed in a senseless act of violence. The whole campus was in shock and mourning for weeks. It was a

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