Some details have begun to emerge in the investigation into the homicide of Demarius Reed.
Reed, 20, a junior wide receiver on the Eastern Michigan football team, was found dead, the victim of an apparent homicide on the morning of Friday, Oct. 18. at 7:15 a.m. in the hallway of his off-campus apartment building in Ypsilanti, Mich.. A gunshot wound was ruled the cause of death by police later in the day. Robbery has since been named a possible motive in the case.
According to interim Ypsilanti Police Chief Tony DeGiusti, who addressed a forum of students on EMU's campus Tuesday night, six people heard gunshots the night of Reed's murder but no one called the police. DeGiusti also said that a fight reportedly took place in the parking lot of the apartment building that night, and that at least one person walked past Reed's crumpled body in the hallway of his building early Friday morning, presuming him to be passed out as a result of a party that happened in the building the night before.
"They thought he was just someone passed out from the party," DeGiusti told MLive.com Tuesday.
Since the investigation began Friday morning, police have interviewed more than 30 people, collected a dozen pieces of evidence, searched several residences and are following up on some "solid" leads.
Monday, EMU President Susan Martin gave an update on the status of the investigation to students, faculty and staff in a campus-wide release:
"As of this afternoon, the case remains unsolved. Ypsilanti Police have interviewed many people to learn more about what may have led to his death. As we reported yesterday in an all-campus message, police want to talk to anyone who may have information about or attended a party Thursday night/Friday morning in the University Green apartments, where the incident took place."
Martin also pleased with anyone who knows anything about the case to come forward:
A reward of up to $5,000 for information that helps solve the case is posted through Crime Stoppers. Tips can be submitted by calling 1-800-SPEAK UP (1-800-773-2587), online at www.1800speakup.org, or via text to CRIMES (274637).