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Man accused of shooting Aaron Lowe charged with aggravated murder

University of Utah football players arrive to a candlelight vigil remembering the life of slain student-athlete Aaron Lowe.
University of Utah football players arrive to a candlelight vigil remembering the life of slain student-athlete Aaron Lowe on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 at University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News

The man accused of shooting and killing University of Utah football player Aaron Lowe has been charged with aggravated murder.

In addition, the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday charged Buk Mawut Buk, 22, of Taylorsville, in 3rd District Court with attempted aggravated murder, also a first-degree felony, and possession of a gun by a restricted person and obstructing justice, both second-degree felonies.

Charging documents released Wednesday suggest the shooting may have started as an argument between Lowe and another group who would not move out of the way of his car so he could go home.

Buk Mawut Buk has been charged with aggravated murder in the shooting death of University Utah football player Aaron Lowe.
Buk Mawut Buk, 22, has been charged with aggravated murder in the shooting death of University Utah football player Aaron Lowe.
Salt Lake County Jail

On Sept. 26, Lowe, 21, and a 20-year-old woman were shot while attending a house party at 2215 S. Broadmoor Street (2625 East) just hours after the U. football team defeated Washington State at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Charging documents identified the woman as Fuamoli Pomale.

The party was supposed to be for players only, but uninvited guests started showing up. One witness told police that "they had decided to leave the party because there were too many people," charging documents state. Police say they received six noise complaints from neighbors between 10:38 p.m. on Sept. 25 and 12:02 a.m. on Sept 26.

As the witness was leaving, Pomale was heard yelling. Witnesses saw Lowe engaged in a verbal altercation with other men, according to the charges.

"The witness and Pomale tried to deescalate the conflict between Lowe and the males," the charges state.

As that was happening, Buk walked across the street "and began shooting at Lowe and Pomale," according to the charges. "The witness stated that the male fired two rounds at first. The witness began running and heard more gunshots."

Two witnesses told investigators that just prior to the shooting, Buk had walked over to another man sitting in a detached garage, grabbed a gun from his shoulder bag that he was carrying, walked down the driveway and "within seconds" began shooting, the charges state.

After the initial two to three shots, witnesses said Buk walked up to Lowe and Pomale and fired five to six more rounds while both victims were on the ground, according to a police booking affidavit. Lowe was pronounced dead at the scene. Pomale was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

Salt Lake police arrived in the area of the party at 12:25 a.m. after receiving a report of a fight with a weapon. It was not immediately known if that was the fight involving Lowe. At 12:28 a.m. officers were informed that shots were heard in the area.

"Multiple people shouted that someone had been shot," according to the charges.

Charging documents state that Pomale was shot in the neck and chest and unable to speak to detectives. She communicated with police by typing messages on her phone. She stated that Lowe was trying to move his car, but a group of four men would not get out of the way, according to charging documents.

"Pomale said there were a bunch of shots fired and the shooter came to 'finish them off,'" the charges state.

During an autopsy from the State Medical Examiner, four bullets were recovered from Lowe's body, according to the charges.

Prosecutors have requested Buk be held in the Salt Lake County Jail on no bail pending trial, noting that he was already on probation for "two prior violent felony convictions," the charges state.

"We would like to commend the diligent work of the Salt Lake City Police homicide team and that of our prosecutors who continue to work the case," the district attorney's office said in a prepared statement Wednesday.

A cellphone that was recording video at the time of the shooting was collected as evidence by police, the charges state.

After the shooting, Salt Lake City police worked with the U.S. Marshal's Violent Fugitive Apprehension Team to track down Buk. Search warrants were served in Layton and in Draper and more than two dozen interviews were conducted before Buk was arrested Oct. 3 in Draper.

A spokesman for the district attorney's office said Wednesday that the case remains under investigation and declined comment on whether additional charges against others might be filed.