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Apartment complex where  student - athlete, Demarius Reed, was found dead. (WWJ/Jon Hewett)

Apartment complex where student – athlete, Demarius Reed, was found dead. (WWJ/Jon Hewett)

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YPSILANTI (WWJ) – Over 300 students and faculty on the campus of Eastern Michigan University met in an open forum last night with police following the shooting death of football player and fellow student Demarius Reed.

Interim Ypsilanti Police Chief Tony DiGiusti who says several students reported hearing gunshots at a party where Reed was killed early last Friday, but none of them called police.

Demarius Reed (Credit: Eastern Michigan University)

Demarius Reed (Credit: Eastern Michigan University)

“In the case of Demarius, we discovered … that no less than six people heard what they described as gun shots and no one called the police,” he said. “We now know that at least one person and probably more walked right past Demarius as he lay on the stairwell and did not call the police because they just thought he was someone passed-out from the party.”

The chief says they continue to follow several “solid leads” in the case. A memorial in Reed’s honor is set to be held on the EMU campus tomorrow.

This is not acceptable,” said EMU President Susan Martin. “Together, we all, in the Eastern family can enhance our safety and I know that we all express our deep condolences to the family of Demarius Reed.”

A memorial in Reed’s honor is set to be held on the EMU campus Wednesday.

More from EMU’s Website – HERE.

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