Penn State's Trevor Williams tackles Eastern Michigan's Demarius Reed (2) on Sept. 7, 2013. / MCT
YPSILANTI, Mich. (Detroit Free Press) -- The death of an Eastern Michigan University football player has been classified as a homicide.
The football player has been identified as 20-year-old Demarius Reed, a wide receiver, according to a statement today from Walter Kraft, the university's vice president for communications. Reed was majoring in communication, media and theatre arts.
According to mlive.com, police believe Reed died from a gunshot wound. The website said his body was found by his roommate in a hallway at University Green Apartments.
"The incident happened off campus in the 700 block of West Clark Road., near the intersection of LeForge and Clark. It was discovered at 7:15 this morning. Ypsilanti Police are investigating the death and are in close contact with the EMU Police Department," Kraft said in the statement.
A message seeking comment was left for Ypsilanti Police.
"The EMU family has suffered an unbelievable loss today," athletic director Heather Lyke said in a released statement. "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."
Eastern Michigan will hold a community forum at 5 p.m. today in the EMU Student Center Auditorium, in which EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes and President Susan Martin will offer an update on the situation and be available to answer questions from the community.
Saturday's home game against Ohio is still scheduled to be played at 1 p.m.
The football team's website listed Reed as a junior from Chicago. The 5-foot-10, 161-pound wide receiver played in six games this season, catching 15 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown.
He made 18 receptions for 171 yards in nine games last season. He scored one touchdown.
Several of Reed's teammates and coaches at EMU tweeted about his death today: