Aaron Lowe’s Father Tells Young People “Please Put The Guns Down”

Aaron Lowe
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The father of the University of Utah football player from Mesquite who was shot at a house party has asked young people to stay away from violence and put away their guns.  

Aaron Lowe was shot and killed at a house party in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Sept. 26. According to the Salt Lake City Police Department, Lowe, from Mesquite, was pronounced dead at the scene.  

Following the death of his son, Lowe, William Smith is advising young ones to stay away from guns and violence.  

“Young men, young women, don’t believe the hype. Please, please put the guns down,” Smith said.  

Smith advised young people to go down on their knees and pray to God for strength.  

“If you fall on your knees, go in a closet and talk to God, I guarantee you everything will be better,” Smith continued.  

Smith, whose son was a former football player at West Mesquite before joining the University of Utah, said he did not have any other goal besides being a professional football player.  

Smith recalled how he got the news of his son’s death a few hours after the shooting. Smith said Lowe’s mother had called him at around 2:55 a.m. on Sunday, saying, “Well, we lost a child.”  

Smith and other relatives of Lowe set up an online fundraiser to raise money for his funeral expenses. Lowe’s friends and fans have made donations of $22. The 22 represents the number Lowe wore on his jersey.  

Lowe switched to the number twenty-two on his jersey in honor of his friend Ty Jordan who died of an accidental shooting in Denton last year. Lowe previously wore the number two on his jersey, while Jordan wore the number twenty-two before his death last year.  

Lowe would later go on to become the first recipient of a memorial scholarship created to honor Jordan. 

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