Ypsilanti, MI, United States (4E Sports) – Despite the death of its junior wide receiver Demarius Reed, Eastern Michigan University announced that its Saturday’s game against Ohio will be played as scheduled at Rynearson Stadium.
The announcement was made in a joint statement by athletic director Heather Lyke, president Susan Martin and Mid-American Conference commissioner Jon Steinbrecher.
According to police, a roommate found Reed dead with a gunshot wound about 7:15 a.m. Friday in the hallway of an off-campus apartment building. Authorities said the death is under investigation as a homicide but provided little detail.
Several residents of the apartment complex where the shooting occurred said they did not hear any gunfire overnight. Kristy Stanford, an EMU student who lives in the complex, said she heard a large group of people preparing to leave for a party elsewhere.
“The Eastern Michigan University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is extending its deepest condolences to the family, friends and teammates following the passing of Demarius Reed, a junior student-athlete on the football team,” the statement said.
“EMU grief counselors have been meeting with and supporting the team, fellow students, faculty and staff. Saturday’s home game against Ohio University is still scheduled to be played at 1 p.m,” it added.
Reed was Eastern’s fourth leading receiver with 15 receptions for 185 yards and a touchdown through six games.
He caught 18 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown as a sophomore and had 11 receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman. Eastern is 1-5 on the season.
Carl Reed, the victim’s father, learned of the shooting from a Simeon coach and from Demarius’ girlfriend, also a student at Eastern Michigan who called him from a hospital.
At first, Carl said he thought his son was suffering complications from a concussion he had suffered during a game last weekend.
According to Carl, his son’s sole ambition was to make an NFL team.
“Special teams – anything – just to have an opportunity to make it in the NFL was his lifelong dream,” Carl Reed said. “He was definitely looking for a shot to participate in the NFL but he recognized it’s a long shot but he still tried to pursue that goal.”