Demarius Reed, a 20-year-old football player for Eastern Michigan University, was found dead this morning at an off-campus apartment building.
Police say that Reed was shot to death. The incident is currently being investigated, but police believe that Reed was killed during an attempted robbery.
EMU president Susan Martin said: “The circumstances involving his death remain under investigation at this time by the Ypsilanti Police Department… Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and his teammates on the football team.”
Reed graduated from the Simeon Academy in Chicago and was playing for the Eastern Michigan football team at the time of his death. ESPN reports that he caught 16 passes this season for 181 yards and a touchdown.
Heather Lyke, vice president and athletic director at the school, said: “The EMU family has suffered an unbelievable loss today… Demarius was an influential leader who thrived in the classroom and on the field. Everyone gravitated to him and often described him as the ‘life of the locker room.'”
Eastern Michigan is scheduled to play Ohio University this weekend. The game will continue as scheduled.
Reed’s grandfather, Joe L. Reed, said that Demarius was a good kid who managed to avoid trouble while living on the mean streets of Chicago.
Reed said: “He was an outgoing, beautiful kid. He wasn’t associated with no gang or anything.”