YPSILANTI (WWJ/AP) – The reward for information in the slaying of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed has been increased to $15,000.
Crime Stoppers of Michigan on Thursday announced the increase from $10,000.
Ypsilanti police say they are actively investigating the case and are following leads after getting “good information.” Police have executed over a dozen search warrants, seized roughly 50 pieces of evidence and interviewed at least 60 people in their investigation.
Reed was found shot to death Oct. 18 in a hallway at the off-campus University Green apartments, on Green Road near Leforge Road, where he lived. The 20-year-old was shot multiple times in what police say may have been a robbery.
According to investigators, a party was taking place at the time Reed was killed. Ypsilanti’s Interim Police Chief Tony DeGiusti has said several students at the party reported hearing gunshots, but none of them called police.
“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.”
Reed played in six games for Eastern Michigan this season. He was a communications major and star receiver at Chicago’s Simeon Career Academy.
A reward of up to $12,000 is being offered for tips in the case. Anyone with information on Reed’s death is asked to contact Ypsilanti police at 734-483-9510.
Tips can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP, online at www.1800speakup.org, or by texting “CSM” and your tip to CRIMES (274637).
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