Aaron Lowe’s shooting suspect charged with murder

SALT LAKE CITY –The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office has announced that it has filed murder charges against Buk M. Buk in connection with the shooting death of University of Utah football player Aaron Lowe.

According to a press release from the District Attorney’s Office, Buk has been charged with the first degree felonies of aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder, as well as second degree felonies of possession or use of a firearm. by a person restricted and obstruction of Justice.

Lowe was shot and killed at a party at Sugar House on September 26 near 2200 South Broadmoor St.

Officers responded to the house and found Lowe and his 20-year-old girlfriend, identified as Fuamoli Pomale, in the field. Emergency crews provided assistance, but Lowe was pronounced dead at the scene.

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According to court documents, Pomale was taken to a local hospital in extremely critical condition, where she underwent major surgery.

A witness gave a cellphone video of the shooting to investigators, who said it showed Lowe and Pomale in front of the house. Police said a man approached the two and “raised his left hand towards his abdomen and appeared to be holding a dark object. The man came out of the frame and the sound of the first two shots was captured. .

Police said five more shots were heard as the witness began to flee from the scene.

Additional witnesses told officers they observed a voice altercation between Lowe and a group of men near Lowe’s car before the shooting.

A witness and Pomale attempted to defuse the situation, according to court documents, when a man approached and started shooting what another witness called a “black handgun with extended magazine”.

Investigators said the gunman, who was identified by witnesses as Buk, was then driven from the scene in a vehicle.

Detectives questioned Pomale, who “had been shot in the neck and chest and was unable to speak,” according to court documents. “She communicated by typing text on her phone or providing non-verbal responses to questions.”

She told police Lowe was trying to move his vehicle but the group of four did not want to step aside.

“Pomale said there had been a bunch of gunfire, and the gunman came to ‘finish them off’ after she and Lowe fell to the ground,” officers said in a probable cause statement.

Police said an autopsy performed by the Utah medical examiner’s office showed Lowe had been shot four times and sustained serious injuries.

Doctors “have preliminarily determined that the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds and the mode of death was homicide,” officers said.

Prosecutors demanded that Buk be held without bail. “Further, given the nature of the current charges, as well as the defendant’s history of violent criminal behavior, the state believes the defendant would pose a substantial danger to witnesses and the community if released on bail,” reads -on in court documents. .

Buk was arrested on October 3. At a press conference that began around 10:30 a.m. that day, Salt Lake City Police Department chief Mike Brown said he called Lowe’s mother to inform her of the arrest. .

“I’m just glad they got it. I can’t get my baby back, but I know I will get justice, ”Donna Lowe-Stern told KSL-TV from her home in Texas.

The entire University of Utah football team flew to Dallas, Texas, a suburb of Mesquite Monday morning for Lowe’s funeral.

Coach Kyle Whittingham said Lowe was a light to everyone who met him, and for him it was like losing a member of his family.

“We have lost a loved one. We have lost a member of our family and it is difficult, ”said Whittingham.

Lowe’s brother wasn’t happy that Buk was on the street to begin with.

Chris Jackson, who is 16 years older than Lowe, said it was very upsetting for the family to learn of the alleged killer’s long and violent criminal history.

“When we had the opportunity to find out the young man’s name and then also see his extensive criminal history, it was more upsetting because it was the idea that the criminal justice system had completely failed,” he said. said Chris Jackson, Lowe’s big brother. “Considering his crimes, he should have been in jail. He should have had some form of rehabilitation or intervention.

Buk has been in and out of prison for a series of crimes in recent years, two of which involved guns. But he managed to avoid jail time before his arrest on October 3.

While the former Utah federal prosecutor says Buk’s criminal history reflects a “revolving door approach” to gun crime within the state’s criminal justice system, another former prosecutor claims that the issues involved are complex.

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