Eastern University Michigan wide receiver Demarius Reed, 20, was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound in his apartment building on the morning of October 18, reports Michigan Live.
Reed, a junior, was reportedly found lying in the hallway of his apartment building in Ypsilanti, Michigan, at around 7:15 a.m.
Here's what you need to know about Reed and his tragic demise:
1. There Was a Large Group of Non-Residents in the Apartment Building When Reed Died
There was a large pre-party going on in the complex on the night before Reed's body was found. Residents of the building have told reporters that they didn't hear any gun shots over night. One EMU student, Kristy Stanford, told Ann-Arbor News, that there was a large group of people in the building on the night of October 17. The group were attending a "pre-party," before heading on to another party elsewhere. She said:
I woke up this morning and someone was knocking on our door, but we didn’t answer. We looked outside and we saw all of the caution tape. The police asked us questions like was it a party last night, did you hear gunshots or was there anyone lingering around.
2. Police Believe Reed Was Murdered
Reed was found by his roommate. It's being treated as a homicide by police.
3. He Played Every Game for Eastern This Season
Reed, who plays as a wide receiver, has started every game so far this season for Eastern. He has 15 catches for 185 yards in addition to a touchdown.
4. Reed Was a Theater Major
He was a communication, media and theater arts major. Reed was originally from Chicago. He played high school ball for Simeon Academy. EMU President Dr. Susan Martin released a statement:
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.
5. Despite His Death, Eastern's Game Tomorrow Will Go Ahead
Eastern's game with Ohio will be played on schedule on October 19 at 1 p.m.