'An outstanding young woman': University of Utah mourns Lauren McCluskey

Man who killed student called himself a manipulating 'womanizer'

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  • Bundysupporter Park City, UT
    Oct. 25, 2018 1:38 p.m.

    Brigham Young warned us. I'll leave it up to the readers to find his quotes.

  • BlueMoonOden Hinckley, IL
    Oct. 25, 2018 1:36 p.m.

    So why was he released from prison? The authorities involved are just as much to blame for setting this unstable monster loose. They all knew what he was and had no intention of changing. Whose decision was it to let him out? There should be consequences and a full investigation.

  • DistantThunder Vincentown, NJ
    Oct. 25, 2018 12:20 p.m.

    None of the headlines mentioned "Convicted Rapist," and I'm wondering why that might be.

  • Gary Horton Prescott, AZ
    Oct. 25, 2018 12:04 p.m.

    This guy should have NOT been allowed to run free on the U of U campus! Instead of going in and out of prison, he should have remained behind bars until he had been completely rehabilitated by prison psychologists and others. I blame this tragic death on the Utah Justice System. Feeling angry!

  • Anonymous100 Anywhere, UT
    Oct. 25, 2018 11:32 a.m.

    I just don't have the words to express my outrage at this clearly preventable murder! It wasn't like the state authorities did not know who this criminal was, the crimes he committed and the likelihood that he would commit them again. Everyone involved from the original sentence, to his early release, and the security company that hired him that led to his eventual meeting and dating of this poor girl is indirectly complicit in her death. This could and should have been prevented. There is absolutely no reason, none, why this man should have been allowed out of prison to freely roam our streets and commit this horrible crime. My condolences to her family and friends. I am so sorry this happened. It should not have. To the state officials: people should lose their jobs over this. Don't just dust off your hands and move on. Find out what how and why this man was let out of prison and go after those who were a part of his early release and why he was allowed to work as a security guard with his record. Hold people accountable. Don't let something like this happen to another young woman, her family and friends. Shame on you if you do!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 25, 2018 11:26 a.m.

    this is a hard thing. Hard for students and friends but beyond hard for the family to lose such a great daughter at the hands of evil.

  • jprentice Katy, TX
    Oct. 25, 2018 11:21 a.m.

    I agree with Harrison. In several European countries, if you drink and drive only once or twice, they throw away the keys for life. Rape is much more serious. I would support a measure such as Harrison suggested. We, as American citizens, do not have the right to rape. Since he was a documented rapist, he should have had more restrictions.

  • GH887 Riverton, UT
    Oct. 25, 2018 8:53 a.m.

    The solidarity shown by members of "rival" university communities in Provo, Ogden, and Logan, and the group from UCLA too, is touching. It's a great reminder that what unites us is, or should be, stronger than those things we allow to divide us.

  • GH887 Riverton, UT
    Oct. 25, 2018 8:52 a.m.

    The solidarity shown by members of "rival" university communities in Provo, Ogden, and Logan, and the group from UCLA too, is touching. It's a great reminder that what unites us is, or should be, stronger than those things we allow to divide us.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    Oct. 25, 2018 7:15 a.m.

    ...the 37-year-old man had been in and out of the Utah State Prison several times.."

    Some people quite frequently argue that prison is about "rehabilitation" and don't want to be "cruel" to convicts.
    But prison **is not** about rehabilitation. It is about protection of the law-abiding and innocent in our society. Those who are kind to the cruel are actually cruel to the kind. It takes courage to follow through with law enforcement and the imposition of seemingly "harsh" punishments.
    Anyone could probably make a mistake. But by the time it is more than one mistake, certainly by the time it is "several", they have demonstrated that they will be nothing but trouble for the rest of society.

  • Sal Provo, UT
    Oct. 24, 2018 11:47 p.m.

    "Sarah Burke was a half-pipe snow board champion set to compete in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. She was the chief representative of the sport for females. She worked diligently to get women admitted to compete in the Olympics. 2014 was the first Olympics women would be allowed to compete in this sport.

    Ironically, during a training accident in 2012 Sarah Burke died from a severe head injury. Her mother said, during an interview, that she always thought the worst thing that could happen would be to lose Sarah. After she died her mother changed her mind and said that the worst thing that could have happened would be to have never had Sarah in her life. She thanks God for the privilege of having had her. Sarah left behind a husband and two little girls."

    May Lauren's family and friends be sustained by deep and lasting memories.

  • Harrison Bergeron Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 24, 2018 10:12 p.m.

    It's very clear now that this guy should never have been released from prison. I hope somehow some good can come out of this. Perhaps we could create a two strikes law that would keep violent or predatory criminals in prison for life. Perhaps we could call it Lauren's Law.

    My heart breaks for her family and friends.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 24, 2018 10:05 p.m.

    "Most recently, he was released in April, about a year before he would have served his entire sentence."
    So, if he was still in prison where he should have been, and not released early, Ms. McCluskey would still be alive.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Oct. 24, 2018 10:02 p.m.

    Just another example of what happens when you have a weak legal system. This guy should have been in prison for 30 more years. Instead, our legal system lets him out and this time it wasn't just another rape or underage sex. He murdered this good person. I wish we could hold judges partially accountable for crimes committed by people who were let out of prison without serving their maximum sentences.