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University of Utah to pay family of murdered track star Lauren McCluskey $13.5M, calls her death a ‘preventable tragedy'

Added 10-22-20 01:25:02pm EST - “The University of Utah acknowledged for the first time that the on-campus murder of track star Lauren McCluskey was "preventable" and agreed to pay her family $13.5 million to settle a lawsuit in the case.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “University of Utah to pay family of murdered track star Lauren McCluskey $13.5M, calls her death a ‘preventable tragedy’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The University of Utah acknowledged for the first time that the on-campus murder of track star Lauren McCluskey was “preventable” and agreed to pay her family $13.5 million to settle a lawsuit in the case.

The 21-year-old student was fatally shot outside her dorm in 2018 after repeatedly asking campus police to investigate a man who had been harassing and blackmailing her for weeks. Police not only failed to protect her, but the cop in charge of the case bragged about having explicit photos of her and cracked jokes about them to fellow officers.

Thursday’s historic agreement, obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune, comes on the anniversary of McCluskey’s death.

“The University of Utah acknowledges that the murder of Lauren McCluskey was a brutal, senseless, and preventable tragedy and acknowledges the unspeakable loss the McCluskey family has suffered and continues to suffer,” the agreement reportedly states.

The slain athlete’s family said the money will be used to support the Lauren McCluskey Foundation’s core missions, including campus safety, animal welfare and amateur athletics. The university also agreed to build an indoor track that will be named after McCluskey.

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