Posted October 18, 2013

Eastern Michigan receiver Demarius Reed the victim of possible homicide

Eastern Michigan Eagles
Demarius Reed

Eastern Michigan confirmed that Demarius Reed was the victim of an off-campus homicide. (Steven King/Icon SMI)

Eastern Michigan confirmed on Friday that Demarius Reed, a wide receiver on the Eagles football team, was the victim of a suspected off-campus homicide.

The full statement from the school:

Eastern Michigan University has confirmed with the Ypsilanti Police Department that the victim involved in the homicide investigation reported in the timely warning earlier today is Eastern Michigan University student Demarius Reed. He is a student athlete on the football team. As was reported earlier, the incident happened off campus in the 700 block of West Clark Rd., near the intersection of LeForge Rd. and Clark Rd. It was discovered at 7:15 this morning. Ypsilanti Police are investigating the death and are in close contact with the EMU Police Department. As soon as we learn additional information, we will share it with you. Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact the Ypsilanti Police Department at 734.483.9510.

Reed, a native of Chicago, was a junior. He had appeared in all six games for Eastern Michigan this season. Grief counselors have been meeting with the team, students, faculty and staff, and EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes and University President Susan Martin will hold a community forum on Friday afternoon to provide updates on the situation.

In a statement, ECU athletic director Heather Lyke said the school is mourning the loss of a leader and a great teammate.

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.’ Our hearts go out to Demarius’ family. We are doing all we can to help and support them along with the rest of our student-athletes.

The Eagles have decided to play Saturday’s home game against Ohio University as scheduled in order to honor Reed. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.

37 comments
MrArlington
MrArlington

It's a shame stuff like this happens. Of course we don't know any detail, but the odds are high that this gentleman was involved in something nefarious. It may not be as unsavory as drugs or violence, but the odds are likely this guy wasn't keeping good company.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

It's a tragedy. And pathetic that there are those that don't realize it. 

therednorth1
therednorth1

Why is it that whenever a college football player gets killed, everyone assumes it's the player's fault; yet whenever a random woman or man gets murdered, everyone assumes it's the murderer's fault?

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

Compared to the rest of their demographic group (i.e., college students of a certain age), college football players sure to get disproportionately involved in some really bad crime -- both as victims, who set themselves up by running with a bad crowd, and perpetrators .

Maybe it's time for major colleges to start recruiting young men of better character.  Actually, no maybe about it.  But then, you wouldn't necessarily get the athletes you want, which would cost the college and coach millions. 


Cool
Cool

@MrArlington It is being reported as a robbery.  You are an idiot... nothing but a smug, bigoted, loud mouthed idiot.

ianforbes
ianforbes

@MrArlington Odds are high that you're a child molester or probable serial rapist. White males have statistically shown higher odds at being a child molester or serial rapist/killer. So, obviously you are one of these. I know you agree with my reasoning.

sugaslim
sugaslim

@MrArlington the odds are high why?? because he is an african american or was he in a shady part of town...eg the hood. be specific with your words my friend you dont want to come off as a racist.one last thing y do u think he wasnt keeping good company?? i didnt read anything in the article that would lead me to believe that

Jo Haca
Jo Haca

@MrArlington Really stupid comment.  You don't know any details yet you're very quick to blame the victim.  Shame on you.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@therednorth1  

Because these ballplayers do stupid things in risky places around people that people of good character would avoid like the plague.

FDowney
FDowney

@MidwestGolfFan Is your statement that football players are more likely to be involved in crime than other college students backed up by any facts or statistics, or is it just an unsupported assertion?

HOUSE
HOUSE

Stay in that bubble you live in sit on a dildo while you're at it.

MrArlington
MrArlington

@bobinpowell The same way that it is likely when a domestic act of terrorism occurs it was an Islamic extremist. Not guaranteed but prior history and common occurrences make future events more predictable. 

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@FDowney @MidwestGolfFan  

Athletes are from a completely different demographic (most of them, regardless of race/ethnic background, can't meet a major school's normal admission standard) than the other students.

Assorted felonies by athletes, from burglary (not uncommon by jocks at some big schools) to rape to the occasional murder (usually as victims)  seem to pop up an awful lot in these big sports programs.  Read the headlines.

If a school had this much crime against its regular student body, you'd better believe there'd be a lot of headlines. 

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@HunterBishop @MidwestGolfFan  

A mind reader!  He tells everyone this was my first thought because he JUST KNOWS.  

Actually, my post is the culmination of a number of thoughts.  Just because you disagree doesn't make you a noble person.  Quite the opposite, I'd say.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@colorfulturtle @MidwestGolfFan  

"We are all in shock and grieving."

Unless you knew the guy personally, it's just cheap emotion being abused to shut up someone whose opinions you don't like.

What a terrible thing for YOU to say.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@wizskins2 @MrArlington  

He makes an assessment based on fact, and you drag in emotion.  And outrage -- How Dare You! have an opinion.

Too bad you're not capable of rational argument.


wizskins2
wizskins2

@MrArlington so because he's black? Regardless of whether you're "right" or "wrong." Someone's kid just got murdered and all you can think is, well the black kid probably had it coming? Dude what is wrong with you? Judging by your picture you look pretty old, but seriously, grow up.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@Bigtruth @MidwestGolfFan @therednorth1  

You seem to be arguing, in effect, that the proportion of college athletes involved in major crimes is roughly equivalent to non-jock students.  

Interesting. I wonder how the schools stay open.


cowgoesmoo
cowgoesmoo

@MidwestGolfFan @FDowney 

Yes that is correct.  My child has an IQ of over 140 and comes from millionaire parents.  Yes he comes from a different demographic.  Nobody like that would EVER be a college athlete.  Oh wait....  

Jo Haca
Jo Haca

When you start posting facts, rather than wild assertions based on zero evidence, then you can ask for the same in rebuttal.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@Bigtruth @MidwestGolfFan @colorfulturtle  

I'm not going for cheap emotion.  Since you're incapable of rebutting factually what I say, you resort to profanity, insults, and cheap emotion.

It might work in a bar argument, but not in rational conversation.

Bigtruth
Bigtruth

@MidwestGolfFan @colorfulturtle

 Actually Midwest, I was thinking the same thing about you . . . 

Unless you knew the guy personally, it's just cheap for you to spew your dumb A$$ opinion about this case using your general opinion about college athletes.

You sound like a a-hole and ignorant.