911 recordings show University of Utah student had concerns before fatal shooting – School claims her death could not have been prevented
This Aug. 21, 2018 photo, provided by the University of Utah, shows Lauren McCluskey, a member of the University of Utah cross country and track and field team. McCluskey, a University of Utah student was shot and killed on campus by a former boyfriend Melvin Rowland, who was found dead hours later inside a church Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, authorities said. (Steve C. Wilson/University of Utah via AP)
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) 12/24 — Dispatch recordings show a University of Utah student grew increasingly concerned about the handling of her harassment complaint before her ex-boyfriend killed her on campus.
The 911-call audio shows 21-year-old Lauren McCluskey telling Salt Lake City dispatchers she’s worried about how long it was taking campus police to investigate 37-year-old Melvin Rowland, a sex offender who had lied about his identity.
In this undated photo provided by the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office shows Melvin Rowland. A University of Utah student and track athlete, Lauren McCluskey, who was shot and killed on campus by her former boyfriend, Rowland, had filed a police complaint against him after she learned he was a sex offender and broke off the relationship, authorities said Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. McCluskey was found shot in a car Monday night near on-campus student housing. (Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
McCluskey’s first call came a day after she initially reported Rowland was extorting her over compromising photos. The second was six days later, the same day campus police opened an investigation.
Both times, dispatchers directed her back to university police under protocol. She died three days after the second call.
University officials say the department is understaffed, but her death could not have been prevented. McCluskey’s parents say the university failed to protect her.
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