Tributes to Slain University of Utah Athlete Show That Rivalry Isn't Everything

by | Oct. 24, 2018

Mormon Life

The higher education community in Utah was left grief-stricken after student-athlete Lauren McCluskey was shot and killed on Monday night. The tragedy has proved to be larger and more significant than any collegiate sports rivalry as students from Brigham Young University and Utah State are reportedly wearing red in memory of McCluskey, a talented track and field athlete.

BYU assistant athletic director David Almodova posted one particularly touching photo of the BYU women’s cross country team running in red shirts on Wednesday morning.

While finding red in their closets was obviously a struggle, other BYU students and faculty have also posted in a show of solidarity.

As one Twitter user, @T_Prizm, put it, “As heated as the fans of Utah, BYU, USU get when it comes to our rivalries, it’s so heartwarming to see all the fanbases come together when tragedy strikes.”

Lead image from Twitter.
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Morgan Jones comes to LDS Living after writing for the Deseret News since 2014. She published more than 480 stories and served as Senior Web Producer prior to her departure from Deseret News. Jones is a passionate storyteller and loves having the opportunity to share stories that deserve to be told. She is the host of the All In podcast. 

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