YPSILANTI (WWJ) – Two men have been arrested in the murder of an Eastern Michigan University football player.

Demarius Reed, a 20-year-old wide receiver on the Eagles football team, was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds on Oct. 18 in the hallway of his off-campus apartment building.

Ed Jemeal Thomas and a second suspect are now charged with murder and robbery in the case.

Thomas, who was arraigned Sunday, is facing charges of open murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

The second suspect, who has not yet been arraigned, faces a list of charges including open murder, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm during a felony.

Both men are behind bars awaiting further court proceedings.

Director of Media Relations for EMU Geoff Larcom says the arrests are the culmination of plenty of hard work.

“The Ypsilanti police, assisted by us and other agencies, really worked the case very, very hard,” Larcom said. “It was a high priority, and the results of that collaboration have resulted in these arrests a little more than a month after the crime was committed.”

“It’s really gratifying to see these results,” he said.

The Ypsilanti Police Department is expected to release further information about the case following the second suspect’s arraignment. That man’s name will also be released at that time.


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