Eastern Michigan Eagles wide receiver Demarius Reed was found dead in the hallway of an Ypsilanti, Michigan, apartment building on Friday morning.
According to John Counts of MLive.com, Eastern Michigan University officials confirmed that it was Reed’s body that was found. Ypsilanti police Detective Sgt. Thomas Eberts believes Reed died from a gunshot wound, and it is being investigated as a homicide.
UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 25, at 3:09 p.m. ET
The Associated Press (via ESPN) have an update on the investigation into Demarius Reed's death:
Police have arrested two people in the fatal shooting of an Eastern Michigan football player at an off-campus apartment complex, the Ypsilanti school announced Monday.
One suspect was arraigned Sunday and the other was being arraigned Monday in the slaying of Demarius Reed, the university said on its website. The Ypsilanti Police Department planned to release more information following the second arraignment.
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UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 12:34 a.m. ET
The Associated Press has the latest:
At least one person saw the mortally wounded Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed lying in an apartment building stairwell but thought he'd just passed out from a party, Ypsilanti's interim police chief told a community meeting Tuesday.
Tony DeGiusti also said that at least six people heard gunshots and others saw a fight in a parking lot.
But no one called police, not even the person who reports walking by Reed's body, the chief said.
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A roommate discovered the junior wideout’s body in the hallway at 7:15 a.m. on Friday morning. The apartment was off-campus, but near the university.
There has been no official word from the team during these tragic times and the school released a notice informing and warning the student body of the sad incident and pleading for anyone with more information to step forward.
The school later released a statement about Reed's death, including condolences from school leaders:
The Eastern Michigan University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is extending its deepest condolences to the family, friends and teammates following the passing of Demarius Reed (Chicago, Ill.-Simeon Academy), a junior student-athlete on the football team.
EMU grief counselors have been meeting with and supporting the team, fellow students, faculty and staff.
Eastern Michigan will hold a community forum at 5 p.m. this afternoon in the EMU Student Center Auditorium, in which EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes and President Susan Martin will offer an update on the situation and be available to answer any questions from our campus community.
To honor Reed it was decided Saturday's home game against Ohio University is still scheduled to be played at 1 p.m.
The Chicago native attended Simeon Career Academy and had received offers from a number of colleges—including Ball St., Bowling Green, Western Kentucky and Wyoming—before settling on Eastern Michigan.
From school president Dr. Susan Martin:
We are all deeply saddened by the tragic news this morning involving Eastern Michigan University student Demarius Reed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and his teammates on the football team. Demarius, a 20-year old junior majoring in Communication, Media and Theatre Arts, was well-liked and considered a leader among his teammates and friends.
From MAC Commissioner Jon. A Steinbrecher:
"This is a tragedy. Words cannot express my remorse for the loss of this young man. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Reed family, his teammates, coaches, and fellow students at Eastern Michigan University."
Reed had played for the EMU Eagles for three seasons and had recorded 44 receptions for 474 yards and four touchdowns during that span.
He was having one of his best seasons despite the team’s 1-5 record during the 2013 campaign, hauling in 15 receptions for 185 yards and a score. He started every game and was the fourth-leading receiver on the squad.
Eastern Michigan is currently slated to face the Ohio Bobcats on Saturday, Oct. 19. It’s unknown if this tragedy will impact those plans, but it is certain that the entire team will be playing with heavy hearts if the game must go on.