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The Latest: Vigil held for slain university student

July 2, 2019
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Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown speaks at a news conference on Friday, June 28, 2019 in Salt Lake City. Brown said Ayoola A. Ajayi was being charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping, obstruction of justice and desecration of a body in the death of 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck. He was arrested without incident earlier Friday morning by a SWAT team. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a Utah college student killed (all times local):

6:45 p.m.

More than 100 people gathered at the University of Utah to memorialize a student at the university who authorities say was killed and her charred remains found in a Salt Lake City man’s backyard.

The crowd was silent while friends recalled 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck as a bubbly, nurturing person who loved spending time with her family and looked forward to a career in medicine.

Lueck disappeared after taking a Lyft June 17 from the airport to a park, where police say she met someone in the early-morning hours. Authorities on Friday said they plan to charge 31-year-old Ayoola A. Ajayi with aggravated murder, kidnapping and other crimes.

Police say they found her remains and personal things burned and buried in his backyard.

No attorney has been listed for Ajayi.

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2:10 p.m.

New records detail a previous rape allegation made by a former co-worker against a man now accused of killing a Utah college student.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the documents released Monday reveal the co-worker said the contact with 31-year-old Ayoola A. Ajayi began consensually, but when she wanted to stop he refused and had sex with her anyway.

The report says the woman appeared to blame herself. She made a report “in case he did the same thing to someone else” but opted not to pursue charges.

Ajayi was arrested Friday on suspicion of murder, kidnapping, and other charges in the death of missing University of Utah 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck.

No attorney has been listed for Ajayi.

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11:27 a.m.

Friends are set to remember a Utah college student who authorities say was killed and her charred remains found in a Salt Lake City man’s backyard.

A vigil is planned for Monday night at the University of Utah to memorialize 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck, who has been remembered as a bubbly, nurturing person who looked after her friends and took care of animals.

Lueck disappeared after taking a Lyft June 17 from the airport to a park, where police say she met someone in the early-morning hours. Authorities on Friday said they plan to charge 31-year-old Ayoola A. Ajayi with aggravated murder, kidnapping and other crimes.

Police say they found her remains and personal things burned and buried in his backyard.

No attorney has been listed for Ajayi.

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