Police arrested a man early Sunday in connection with the shooting death of Utah sophomore cornerback Aaron Lowe.
Homicide detectives with the Salt Lake City Police Department located Buk M. Buk, 22, in Draper and booked him on charges of aggravated murder, attempted murder and felony discharge of a firearm. Online jail records do not indicate if he has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.
“Because of the incredible work of our homicide detectives, we have justice for Aaron,” Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said during a news conference Sunday. “When I talked to Aaron's mother on Monday, I made her a promise. We would find her son’s alleged killer.”
"I can't get my baby back but I know that I'll get justice," Lowe's mother, Donna Lowe-Stern, said after hearing police had made the arrest.
Brown did not discuss a motive and declined to answer questions from reporters. But he did say the shooting was not a targeted attack on the university, its athletic department or Lowe, nor was it gang-related.
Lowe, 21, was shot at a house party just after midnight Sept. 26 after other, uninvited guests were asked to leave, police said. A 20-year-old woman also was shot and critically injured at the party, which was thrown hours after the Utes beat Washington State 24-13.
Witnesses allegedly saw Buk retrieve a gun from another person's shoulder bag, head down the driveway and fire two or three shots, according to a jail booking affidavit, NBC affiliate KSL-TV of Salt Lake City reports. Police said he was already on probation for a robbery charge at the time of the shooting.
Lowe and the other victim did not know the alleged shooter, police say.
Police had previously received noise complaints about the party, but officers didn't respond because they were dealing with other emergency calls, police spokesman Brent Weisberg has said. When dispatchers got a call about a fight with a weapon more than an hour later, officers immediately went to the house in the Sugar House neighborhood.
Lowe's death came less than a year after his teammate Ty Jordan was killed in an accidental shooting.
Lowe was a high school teammate of Jordan’s in Mesquite, Texas, and switched his jersey from No. 2 to No. 22 to honor his friend after the 19-year-old died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen on Christmas night 2020.
In August, Lowe was named the first recipient of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship, voted on by the team.
The Utes credited Lowe for persuading Jordan to play at Utah after decommitting from the school. Jordan was named the Pac-12 freshman of the year and led all freshmen nationally in rushing yards per game before he was killed.
Lowe appeared in 16 combined games on special teams his first two seasons and played in four games this season.
Brown in a statement also thanked everyone who shared information that led to the arrest. "So many lives have been impacted from this senseless shooting," he said.