In tragic news, Eastern Michigan Eagles wide receiver Demarius Reed has been found dead in a hallway inside of an off-campus apartment on Friday morning at 7:15 a.m. EST. Police think he is the victim of a homicide resulting from some sort of dispute inside of the apartments in Ypsilanti, Mich.
Just one day before the Eagles’ game against the Ohio Bobcats in a MAC showdown, the starting wide receiver will be in the hearts and minds of all players prior to, and during, the game. It will be played with heavy hearts as the Eagles will be playing at home, looking for their second win of the season and they will have to do so without their starting wide receiver.
The junior Chicago-native had 185 yards and 15 catches for a touchdown on the season as he was on pace to have the best season of his short three-year career.
Police say that there was gunfire involved as there was a bullet wound somewhere on the junior’s body. A former resident of the apartment complex where Reed’s body was found said that it is an “across the tracks” type place that no one is likely to hang out for fun. It’s not a place people like to go.
It’s tough to see a young player with a bright future go down with such tragedy — or go down at all for that matter — and we will be rooting on the Eagles to recover and put this tragedy above all else when Saturday’s game rolls around. Tough loss for this program.
Our thoughts go out to Reed’s family and friends.