SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Aaron Lowe’s older brother and high school friend speak out after the University of Utah football team’s 21-year-old defensive back was shot and killed at a house party at Sugar House early Sunday morning.
Risha Smith has only fond memories of Aaron Lowe.
âHe was basically always the peacemaker,â Smith, a high school friend of Lowe’s, told ABC4.
“Every time you see him he has the biggest smile on his face, at some point you will just see him walking around singing random songs.”
While their time together at Northwood High School in Louisiana was brief, Smith says the impact Aaron had on their lives was enormous.
She says his motivation for getting into the NFL one day was reflected in everything he did.
“His main thing was always: ‘If I can make it in football, if I can do it, make sure that my family is taken care of’.”
And that got him to the University of Utah – where he was the first recipient of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship.
Smith says she is devastated knowing Lowe has come this far only to make his dream come true instantly.
“I remember he was as happy as he can be because he managed to know that he had made it this far in life and that this is just being taken from him.”
Aaron’s brother Adron says he felt he lost part of himself when Aaron died.
“There are three of us so it feels so incomplete now,” he says.
They are triplets and they were inseparable. Even after Aaron moved to Utah and his brothers stayed in Texas, the brothers’ bond remained strong, according to Adron.
“At every opportunity I had to catch up with him I would call him before a game, I would call him to speak to him, wish him luck in his game,” Adron told ABC4.
While Adron says his family is having trouble processing the news, he vows to do what Aaron wants.
“What he wants is for everyone to come together to be on the same page, to stop all the hate and bad stuff.”
The shooting is being investigated by Salt Lake City Police.