A 20-year-old Eastern Michigan player was found shot to death Friday in an off-campus apartment building in what authorities said was a homicide that could have been a robbery.
Police were investigating the slaying of junior wide receiver Demarius Reed, which came a day before a home game against Ohio University that will be played as scheduled. Reed was shot multiple times and personal items were taken, police said.
Ypsilanti police say personal items were taken from the 20-year-old junior from Chicago.
Reed’s body was found by his roommate about 7:15 a.m. Friday in the hallway of an off-campus apartment. Results of an autopsy were not immediately available.
No arrests have been made.
Reed, a wide receiver, played in six games this season, catching 15 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown. He had three receptions for 36 yards in a 42-14 loss to the University at Buffalo on Oct. 5.
The school says grief counselors were meeting Friday with members of the football team.
“The circumstances involving his death remain under investigation at this time by the Ypsilanti Police Department,” school President Susan Martin said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and his teammates on the football team.”
She said Eastern Michigan public safety officials were in close contact with police.
“The EMU family has suffered an unbelievable loss today,” said Heather Lyke, vice president and athletic director at the school. “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.’ ”
Like many young football players, Reed’s dreams were to one day play in the NFL, his grandfather said.
“I told him ‘Man, you have to stay in that gym,’ ” Joe L. Reed said in a telephone interview from Chicago. “He would say ‘I’m good enough.’ ”