By Zac Ellis
October 18, 2013

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.

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