WMU Basketball Player Joeviair Kennedy Charged with Murder of Fellow Student

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Western Michigan basketball player Joeviair Kennedy was officially charged on Dec. 12 with murder and armed robbery in the death of fellow student Jacob Jones, according to the Associated Press.

The incident in question took place Dec. 8. According to the AP, authorities allege Kennedy killed Jones "during a robbery of a cellphone and money." A second suspect was arrested in the slaying on Friday, according to police, per the Associated Press (h/t theScore).

The school suspended Kennedy, who was averaging 3.1 points in 7.4 minutes per game, on Dec. 9.

Western Michigan played on Dec. 10 against James Madison, and head coach Steve Hawkins spoke about the incident after the win.

"It's a devastating loss for our university," the coach said, per Cory Olsen of MLive.com. "It's a devastating tragedy for everybody involved. Lives were changed forever. We're very, very respectful of that, and we're very shook by the whole thing."

Kennedy was in his second year with the program, but the 20-year-old from Muskegon, Michigan, redshirted last season.

The school's official site has deleted his profile since the incident, and he is no longer listed on the current roster.


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