Following up on the tragic news that one of its own had been murdered in an apparent homicide, Eastern Michigan released statements Friday afternoon addressing the death of Demarius Reed.
Reed reportedly died of a gunshot wound Friday morning, with his body being found by a roommate in the hallway of an off-campus apartment complex. Despite the pall that has been cast over the football program, the school stated that “Saturday’s home game against Ohio University is still scheduled to be played at 1 p.m.”
In the statements included in the release, both the university and the conference office expressed shock and horror over “the unbelievable loss” suffered by the EMU football program.
Here are the statements, in their entirety, beginning with EMU athletic director Heather Lyke, followed by university president Dr. Susan Martin and MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher.
“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.”
“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. As we reported earlier, Demarius, a 20-year old junior majoring in Communication, Media and Theatre Arts and a member of the football team, was the victim of an apparent homicide that was discovered at 7:15 this morning at an off campus location in the 700 block of West Clark Rd., near the intersection of LeForge Rd. and Clark Rd. The circumstances involving his death remain under investigation at this time by the Ypsilanti Police Department. The EMU Police Department is in close contact with Ypsilanti Police and we will provide additional information as we learn additional details.
“Counseling is available for students and others in the EMU family who may want those services. You can contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 734.487.1118. The offices are located at 313 Snow Health Center. Counselors recommend that those interested call ahead before stopping in.
“A dedicated website has been established to provide the latest updates about the situation as well as information about counseling services. We will have a community forum at 5 p.m. this afternoon in the EMU Student Center Auditorium, in which EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes and I will offer an update on the situation and be available to answer any questions from our campus community.”
“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.”