Reports reveal web of lies woven by Lauren McCluskey's killer

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    May 31, 2019 10:38 a.m.

    I've discussed this sad story with my teenage sons and daughters. There are sad lessons to learn here about putting yourself in vulnerable situations, getting too deep too quick and making responsible choices even if those around you are not.

  • Meckofahess Salt Lake City, UT
    May 25, 2019 2:42 p.m.


    Hmmmm? I agree that gun owners need to be responsible, but to put away this owner in prison for several years and to slap "large fines" on him - is that the answer?

    What happens if you loan your gun to your daughter to go target shooting with her boyfriend and while they are there she has an argument with him and she shoots him out a temporary fit of rage. Should you go to prison for that?

    Or, what about if you loan your truck to your son-in-law to haul a load to the dump. If on the way to the dump he breaks the speed limit and has an accident that kills a fellow motorist. Should you go to prison for that too?

    Unless we know a person to whom we loan something has mal intent, should we be held accountable for loaning something as you suggest?

  • Thomas Thompson Salt Lake City, UT
    May 25, 2019 11:38 a.m.

    "The review concluded that even if the campus police department wasn't understaffed, overworked and inexperienced, state and University of Utah officials aren't sure officers could have prevented the shooting . . .". Oh, that's all right then. If security officers "aren't sure" they could prevent something, then the solution is surely to do nothing. NOT.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    May 25, 2019 10:15 a.m.

    Just another example of an irresponsible gun owner. Our laws need to be tougher and strictly enforced on irresponsible gun owners. Some gun owners want the rights but not responsibilities that go with their 2nd amendment right. Lock people like this up for several years and give large fines. I believe that will lead many owners or want to be owners into thinking twice if they really want the responsibility of owning a fire arm.

  • Bloodhound Provo, UT
    May 25, 2019 9:18 a.m.

    Young people need to be more careful and selective in getting into relationships. I am shocked at how quickly many young people get deeply involved with people they barely know. In extremely short periods of time they become intimate with people who are little more than strangers, giving them access to their homes, vehicles, financial accounts, and beds. It is better to take things slow and maintain some skepticism. Also, if something seems off and you find the individual has some serious issues, get away from them quickly and take precautions. If necessary, move, change your contact information, and be prepared to defend yourself.

  • Enough is enough! Saint George, UT
    May 25, 2019 9:08 a.m.

    As sad and tragic as this is, the victim put herself in a very vulnerable position on numerous occasions.

  • Uteofferouus Salt Lake City, UT
    May 25, 2019 8:06 a.m.

    I hope we are still learning lessons from the ad-nauseum stories about this tragic event. One lesson that news reporters seem to be loathe to discuss in this story are the risks young women take in dating a stranger like this murderer and the circumstances of where and how she met him and such. There should be some discussion of her apparent lack of judgement in submitting to being photographed in compromising situations which were later used to coerce her. Unfortunately, there are bad people in society so it behooves us to use good judgement in deciding where and with whom we are willing to hang out.

    I agree with "Tubleweed" about the potential for a young women to have a concealed and carry permit and a weapon for protection, but often times the best protection is prevention in the first place.

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    May 25, 2019 1:29 a.m.

    This young woman was old enough to have possessed a defensive handgun. With the number of calls she made to the campus police, she was undoubtedly aware of the risk her former boyfriend posed to her. Whether a small handgun would have saved her is debatable. However, while she was being dragged (kidnapping - a forcible felony justifying the use of deadly force) to the automobile she was shot in, she may have had a chance to use it to defend herself. Unfortunately, we'll never know. It's crucial for women to realize that often law enforcement cannot or will not, for various reasons, respond to requests for police protection under circumstances similar to this one. In such situations it is critical that they have the means to defend themselves. The Utah legislature has been responsive to these needs, allowing 18 year old college co-eds to qualify for a concealed permit and this year, upon qualifying for a protective order, having the legal right to carry a concealed firearm for 120 days without a permit.