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PHOTOS: University Of Utah Students, Community Mourn Mackenzie Lueck

MacKenzie "Kenzie" Lueck was a senior at the University of Utah where she studied kinesiology. She expected to graduate in May, 2020.

More than 100 people gathered at the University of Utah Monday evening to memorialize MacKenzie “Kenzie” Lueck, the student who went missing in June and was later confirmed dead by Salt Lake City police. 

Friends described the 23-year-old as a bubbly, nurturing person who loved spending time with her family and looked forward to a career in medicine.

The vigil was put on by the Associated Students of the University of Utah. The speakers included some of Lueck’s close friends, University of Utah President Ruth Watkins, Vice President for Student Affairs Lori McDonald and student body President AnnaMarie Barnes. 

Lueck was a senior at the U studying kinesiology, and a member of the university’s Alphi Chi Omega sorority. She was expected to graduate in May 2020.

Photo of vigil.
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Students gathered to remember MacKenzie "Kenzie" Lueck at the University of Utah Student Union on Monday evening.
Photo of vigil.
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More than a hundred people gathered at the vigil to remember Mackenzie Lueck, many bringing flowers to honor the 23-year-old who died late last month.
Photo of friends writing messages.
Credit Brian Albers / KUER
Friends and family wrote messages remembering MacKenzie Lueck, and community members wrote their messages of support for her loved ones.
Photo of speakers at vigil.
Credit Brian Albers / KUER
University of Utah President Ruth Watkins spoke.


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