YPSILANTI, Mich. - Two men have been arrested and charged in the murder of an Eastern Michigan University football player who was found shot to death Oct. 18 at his Ypsilanti apartment.
Demarius Reed was a 20-year-old communications major from Chicago and played six games this season, catching 15 passes for 185 yards. He starred as a receiver at Chicago's Simeon Career Academy.
Two Detroit men now face murder charges. Ed Thomas, 20, was arraigned on Sunday. Kristopher Pratt, also 20, was arraigned on Tuesday.
Both are being held in jail.
Ypsilanti police won't give details about the case but it appears the break came after another crime in Harper Woods. Pratt was arrested Nov. 2 after allegedly stealing a pair of new tennis shoes from a man outside Eastland Mall. He is accused of firing a shot at the man, who was not hurt.
Harper Woods police arrested Pratt and recovered a 9 mm handgun. Court records show Michigan State Police have test-fired a handgun believed to be involved in Reed's murder.
"I'm happy that police worked diligently to get someone in custody," said Reed's father, Carl Reed.
But Reed said he has mixed feelings, being "choked up" at this reminder that he will never see his son again.
People who live in the area where Reed was killed expressed relief over the arrests.
"Hearing that they caught some people is awesome, kind of settling a little bit," said Michele Foster.
The 2012 murder of Julia Niswender, who was killed in the same area north of campus, remains unsolved. Police are convinced the crimes are not connected.
Elevated patrols by various police agencies will continue.
"We are extremely grateful for the work and dedication of the Ypsilanti Police Department and our Department of Public Safety detectives in identifying suspects in this tragic and senseless crime against a wonderful student and inspiring young man," EMU President Susan Martin said of the arrests.
-- Demarius Reed
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