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Family of slain student receives $13.5M from University of Utah

An image of the University of Utah student and track athlete Lauren McCluskey, who was fatally shot on campus, is projected on the video board. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

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UPDATED 12:00 PM PT – Friday, October 23, 2020

On Thursday, the University of Utah agreed to pay the parents of Lauren McCluskey $13.5 million and has also committed to building an indoor track in her honor as she was part of the athletic team.

The university has planned to rename the newly launched Center for Violence Prevention as the McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention as well.

In 2018, the student was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend, who had been harassing her after they broke up. She had reportedly notified law enforcement and campus police over 20 times that she was being harassed.

Jill and Matt McCluskey speak on the two-year anniversary of daughter Lauren McCluskey’s death at the McCarthey Family Track and Field Complex. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

In a statement, the University of Utah acknowledged they failed the McCluskey family and added that they will focus on better equipping campus police to handle situations of violence.

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