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Suspect in Utah student Mackenzie Lueck's death is charged in a second case

Suspect in Utah student Mackenzie Lueck's death is charged in a second caseThe man suspected of killing University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck was charged Tuesday with sexual abuse and kidnapping of another woman.



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Glacier National Park death: Utah teen killed by falling rocks during family vacation

Glacier National Park death: Utah teen killed by falling rocks during family vacationA 14-year-old girl was killed in Montana's Glacier National Park on Mondayafter large rocks fell from a mountainside and struck her family's vehicle



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Mackenzie Lueck case: Gruesome details revealed in slaying of Utah college student

Mackenzie Lueck case: Gruesome details revealed in slaying of Utah college studentThe charred body of slain University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck was discovered bound in a shallow grave, prosecutors said Wednesday.



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Locals Shocked to Learn Mackenzie Lueck`s Remains Found in Utah Canyon

Locals Shocked to Learn Mackenzie Lueck`s Remains Found in Utah CanyonInvestigators say they found the remains of missing University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck on Wednesday, but didn`t announce it to the public until Friday.



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'It's just not fair': University of Utah gathers to remember slain student Mackenzie Lueck

'It's just not fair': University of Utah gathers to remember slain student Mackenzie LueckThe University of Utah campus held a vigil Monday night to remember student Mackenzie Lueck, who police say was killed two weeks ago.



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Mourners to remember slain Utah college student at vigil

Mourners to remember slain Utah college student at vigilFriends and mourners planned to remember a Utah college student Monday night who was missing for nearly two weeks before police arrested a man accused of killing her and burying her charred remains in his backyard. A vigil at the University of Utah will honor Mackenzie Lueck, 23, who has been described as a bubbly, nurturing person who looked after her friends and took care of animals. Police have said she took a Lyft from the airport to a park north of Salt Lake City, where she met someone in the early morning.



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Family of Slain University of Utah Student Lauren McCluskey Files $56 Million Lawsuit Against School

Family of Slain University of Utah Student Lauren McCluskey Files $  56 Million Lawsuit Against SchoolJill McCluskey/University of UtahUniversity of Utah track star Lauren McCluskey was gunned down on campus in October, and—according to her parents—nobody has been held accountable.Now, McCluskey’s family filed a $ 56 million federal civil-rights lawsuit against the school on Thursday over its “repeated failure” to respond to the student-athlete’s “multiple and continuing pleas for help” in the days leading up to her death.The 21-year-old was on the phone with her mother, walking home from a Monday night class, when she was “hunted down” and shot seven times by her ex-boyfriend, the lawsuit states.“Suddenly, I heard her yell, ‘No, no, no!’ I thought she might have been in a car accident,” Jill McCluskey said at the time, reported The Salt Lake Tribune. “That was the last I heard from her.” Police later discovered her body in a parked car.The shooter, 37-year-old Melvin Rowland, killed himself hours after Lauren’s death. Her family has said that McCluskey dated Rowland—a convicted sex offender—for about a month before discovering that he had lied about his name, age, and criminal history.Shortly after the two began dating, the relationship “began to sour,” and Rowland became “possessive, controlling, and manipulative,” according to the lawsuit. McCluskey’s friends said at the time that she had stopped paying attention to her studies, “seemed defeated,” and had developed several bruises, the complaint states.When Lauren discovered Rowland’s deception, she ended the relationship, the lawsuit claims.“He attempted to blackmail Lauren,” the McCluskey family said in a press release. “He tried to intimidate Lauren when she contacted the police in an attempt to scare her into withholding information regarding his criminal behavior. And he impersonated a police officer in an attempt to lure Lauren away from her dormitory. Lauren reported this all to the police, but her reports, in practicality, were ignored.”McCluskey and her friends reported Rowland’s “abusive,” “dangerous,” and “threatening” behavior more than 20 times before the shooting, according to the 51-page complaint filed on Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Utah.Despite those reports, “no investigation occurred, no plans were developed or implemented and no effort was made to take any meaningful action reasonably calculated to end the harassment or to otherwise prohibit Melvin Rowland from having ongoing access to the university’s campus,” the complaint claims.The McCluskeys contend in their lawsuit that the University Department of Public Safety “acted with deliberate indifference and conscious disregard of the deadly situation” and “failed to use any reasonable means to protect Lauren.”“Rather than investigating the allegations [made by] Lauren and treating them with the urgency that they deserved, the detective in charge of Lauren’s case went on vacation and returned to find that Lauren had been murdered,” the lawsuit states.In December, a scathing independent review of the case pointed out multiple missteps in the course of the university’s response to McCluskey—and outlined 30 recommendations to improve safety at the school, including hiring more officers, bringing on a victim advocate, improving domestic violence training, better communication between departments on campus, training from outside law enforcement agencies, improved background checks, and more.University President Ruth Watkins said at the time that the review “does not offer any reason to believe” that McCluskey’s death could have been prevented but that it “offers weaknesses, identifies issues and provides us with a road map for strengthening security on our campus.”The university also noted that no one would be disciplined or fired over the case.In June, the university released an update to the campus safety improvements in which it acknowledged that there were “gaps and mistakes” in the case and noted that the university is now “acting on its commitment to take steps to reduce the likelihood of such a terrible tragedy happening again on campus.”Watkins said in a statement released on Thursday afternoon that, although there are “differences” in how the university would characterize the events leading to McCluskey’s murder, “let me say again that we share the McCluskey family’s commitment to improving campus safety.”“We continue to address the recommendations identified by the independent review of the university’s safety policies, procedures and resources, and we are making ongoing improvements designed to protect our students and our entire campus community,” she added.McCluskey’s mother said on Wednesday that any money collected from the case will go toward a foundation the family set up in her daughter’s name.“Lauren’s death was preventable,” said Jim McConkie, an attorney for the family. “The university repeatedly ignored multiple concerning reports of stalking, physical abuse, emotional abuse, intimidation, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual harassment, gender based discrimination and other dangerous and abusive behaviors.”The lawsuit is “a last resort to affect positive change,” her mother said on Thursday. “Women must be believed and taken seriously when they ask for help.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? 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Police seek person who last saw missing Utah college student

Police seek person who last saw missing Utah college studentPolice on Tuesday issued a public appeal for a person last seen with a University of Utah student before she disappeared more than a week ago. Mackenzie Lueck was last seen being dropped off at a Salt Lake City park at about 3 a.m. on June 17 by a Lyft driver who took her there from the airport after she returned from visiting family in California, authorities said. Salt Lake City assistant Police Chief Tim Doubt also released new photos of Lueck from immediately before her disappearance showing her after getting off a flight wearing black sweat pants and a light-colored sweater, carrying a small black backpack, large blue purse and brown suitcase.



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Missing University of Utah Student Last Seen Meeting Someone in a Park By Her Lyft Driver, Police Say

Missing University of Utah Student Last Seen Meeting Someone in a Park By Her Lyft Driver, Police SayUniversity of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck, 23, was last seen by a Lyft driver meeting someone in a park in North Salt Lake City.



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University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck took a Lyft to meet someone at a park. Now she's missing

University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck took a Lyft to meet someone at a park. Now she's missingSalt Lake City police are searching for Mackenzie Lueck, who has been missing for a week, though at this point, police do not suspect foul play.



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