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Police looking for people at 'after party' around time football player was killed

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Police investigating the death of former Simeon football player Demarius Reed are looking for anyone who attended a late-night party in an apartment complex near Eastern Michigan University where Reed was found shot.

"We're just looking for people from that party," said Detective Joe Yuhas of the Ypsilanti Police Department. "We think that would answer a lot of questions."

The "after party" began around 2 a.m. last Friday in a ground-floor apartment in a complex on Green Road, not far from the campus. Reed, who was a starting wide receiver on Eastern Michigan's football team, lived on the third floor of the building and was found dead by his roommate around 7:15 a.m. the same day, according to police.

He had been shot twice and some personal items were missing, leading police to believe he was killed during a robbery.

Yuhas said police do not know if Reed had been at the party. And they have yet to talk to anyone who heard shots before Reed was found, Yuhas said.

During his years at Simeon Career Academy, Reed played receiver and defensive back and returned kicks. One of his biggest moments was a game-clinching interception in the final minute of a 47-41 win over Mount Carmel at Soldier Field in 2010.

At Eastern Michigan, Reed had started all six games this season as a wide receiver, with 15 catches for 185 yards and a touchdown, according to the school. His family said he was focused on making it to the NFL.

Carl Reed, the slain athlete's father, visited the team's dressing room Saturday and accepted condolences from players and coaches. Some Eastern Michigan athletes struggled to hold back tears during a pregame moment of silence.

Anyone with information can call investigators at 734-368-8780 or 734-368-8776. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information that helps to solve the crime, according to a message sent out by University President Susan Martin.

Services also have been set for Reed for Friday and Saturday, according to Martin's message, which was sent out to news media by police. Visitation is set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Leak and Sons Funeral Chapel, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, with a funeral set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Temple Evangelistic Church of God in Christ, 15912 Lincoln Avenue, in Harvey.

The university also has set a Stop the Violence march, rally and candlelight vigil for Thursday, starting at 4:30 p.m. on the north side of the university Student Center, with a march beginning at 5 p.m., according to the message.

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