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Community Notice: Off-campus Student Death

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November 25, 2013
2:30 p.m.

Press Release from Ypsilanti Police Department: Interim Police Chief Tony DeGiusti of the Ypsilanti Police Department has issued a press release regarding the arrest of two suspects in the Demarius Reed case. The full press release is online. In addition to comments from DeGiusti, the press release includes statements from Ypsilanti City Manager Ralph Lange, Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin, Eastern Michigan University Chief of Police Bob Heighes, and Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents Chair Fran Parker.


November 25, 2013
12:16 p.m.

Email from EMU to the campus community - suspects in custody: The Ypsilanti Police Department has identified two individuals in connection with the murder of Demarius Reed. Both are in custody. The first defendant was charged and arraigned Sunday, Nov. 24. The second defendant is to be arraigned today. We will relay further details as they are conveyed to us by the Ypsilanti Police Department, which plans a press release after the second arraignment occurs.


November 15, 2013
11:00 a.m.

EMU News Release announcing the hire of four additional police officers to support expanded off-campus public safety operations: Eastern Michigan University will hire four additional full-time police officers by mid-January 2014 to support expanded off-campus patrols.
The full release is online.


October 29, 2013
4:30 p.m.

Conversations with the President on Oct. 30: Several additional "Conversations with the President" are scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, October 30 . President Susan Martin, Police Chief Bob Heighes and Provost Kim Schatzel will be available to provide an update on the measures that have been taken and to answer any questions you may have. These sessions are open to all students, faculty and staff.
Tomorrow's schedule is as follows:
10 a.m. COE/ 301 Porter
11 a.m. The Commons dining area
1 p.m. COT/ 138 Sill
2 p.m. CHHS/101 Marshall
3:15 p.m. CrossRoads MarketPlace seating area


October 29, 2013
1 p.m.

Off-Campus Housing Website: The off-campus housing website that has been discussed as "under-development" in campus messages and at the public forums last week and yesterday is now live. It can be found at www.emich.edu/offcampushousing.

The site is designed to be a resource for students seeking information about off-campus housing options. It includes a safety checklist that renters should ask of landlords; a list and links to EMU public safety resources; geographically-focused online crime mapping links for Eastern Michigan University and the city of Ypsilanti, as well as the city of Ann Arbor; links to bus and transportation schedules; links to renter's guides and other tenant resources; and, housing reviews and ratings provided by outside organizations.


October 25, 2013
4:57 p.m.

- Safety Q and A: Questions and answers for students about safety have been posted online.

- Conversations with the President: President Martin has announced two additional "Conversations with the President: Safety and Security" -- both on Monday, October 28 . One is from 9-10 a.m. in 320 Pray-Harrold, and the other is from 3-4 p.m. in 318 Owen Building (College of Business). President Martin will be joined by Police Chief Bob Heighes and Provost Kim Schatzel.

- Safety and security email address: President Martin would like everyone in the Eastern community to have a voice in helping to make our community safer. If you have safety or security suggestions, please send them to Increase_the_Peace@emich.edu. We appreciate any and all comments and suggestions you may have.

- Email from President Martin: Please see the full text of President Martin's latest email to campus (sent Oct. 25 at 11 a.m.)


October 24, 2013
5:20 p.m.

- EMU News Release Announcing Law Enforcement Collaboration: Eastern Michigan University and area police agencies have agreed to collaborate and immediately increase patrols in the Leforge Road area north of the EMU campus. The full release is online. 

News Release Main Points:

Beginning Friday (Oct. 25), the EMU Department of Public Safety, the Ypsilanti Police Department, Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department and Ypsilanti Township each will dedicate officers to begin specifically patrolling the area.

Assigned officers will meet at the EMU Department of Public Safety headquarters each night to coordinate their efforts, EMU Chief of Police Bob Heighes said.

Heighes said that the cooperating departments will soon establish a working office in the area, which includes a variety of apartment complexes with a high proportion of EMU students.

EMU and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department will each dedicate two of their own officers to the joint effort, and Ypsilanti Police will dedicate one. One of the two officers provided by the Sheriff's Office is paid for by Ypsilanti Township. EMU has already begun increased patrolling in the area for visibility, Heighes said.

Heighes said the effect of the increased team patrols would be tracked and evaluated over the next few months and at the end of the year.

The University has also begun working aggressively with several area landlords in discussing further safety measures. Those plans, which presently include the University Green complex, and the adjacent Huron View Complex, could include steps such as adding security cameras, adding emergency call stations, organizing a neighborhood watch program and expanding shuttle hours into the night.

The full news release includes quotes from EMU Chief of Police Bob Heighes, Ypsilanti Chief of Police Tony DeGiusti, and Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton.

- Reward increased to $10,000: The reward for information leading to helping solve the case of Reed's death has been increased to $10,000. University Green is contributing $5,000, and Eastern Michigan University and Crime Stoppers are contributing $2,500 each to the reward fund.

Tips can be submitted anonymously by calling 1-800-SPEAK UP (1-800-773-2587), online at www.1800speakup.org, or via text to CRIMES (274637).

October 24, 2013
9:45 a.m.

- Increase the Peace: The campus community is invited to join President Martin at the "Increase the Peace" march, rally and candlelight vigil for Demarius Reed today, October 24, beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the north side of the Student Center. At 5 p.m., everyone will march through campus, up Leforge Road and back to campus. Upon returning, the peace rally will take place at the University Park Amphitheater next to the Lake House. The candlelight vigil will follow to honor Demarius Reed and other victims of senseless violence.


October 23, 2013
9:20 a.m.

- Event at Noon Today - "Conversations with the President: Safety and Security" - President Susan Martin and Police Chief Bob Heighes will hold "Conversations with the President: Safety and Security" at noon today (Wednesday, October 23) in front of the stage in the food court of the Student Center. This is an informal opportunity to hear from the president and police chief about safety issues and ask any questions you may have. 

- Location Change - Demarius Reed Visitation: The visitation for Demarius Reed will be held Friday, October 25 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Salem House of Hope, 752 E. 114th St., Chicago, Ill.

- Increase the Peace march, rally and candlelight vigil for Demarius Reed will take place Thursday, October 24, beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the north side of the Student Center.


October 22, 2013
4 p.m.

Community Forum: Follow live tweets from @EMUNews.


October 21, 2013
6:15 p.m.

Email from EMU President Susan Martin: President Martin has updated the EMU community on the Demarius Reed investigation. The full text of her email is online. Notable items include:

- A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that helps solve the case. Tips can be submitted by calling 1.800.SPEAKUP (1.800.773.2587), online at www.1800speakup.org or via text to CRIMES (274637).

- Funeral Services for Demarius Reed will take place at 11 a.m. (CDT) this Saturday, October 26, at Holy Temple Evangelistic Church of God in Christ, 15912 Lincoln Avenue, Harvey, Ill. Visitation is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (CDT) this Friday, October 25, at Salem House of Hope, 752 E. 114th Street, Chicago, Ill.

- EMU has established the Demarius Reed Memorial Fund. Donations may be made online at www.emufoundation.org; by calling 734.484.1322; or by sending a check to EMU Foundation, 1349 S. Huron Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. (Please note on check: Demarius Reed Memorial Fund.)

- "Increase the Peace," a march, rally and candlelight vigil, will be held this Thursday, October 24, beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the north side of the Student Center.

- A community forum with Ypsilanti Interim Police Chief Tony DeGiusti and other city leaders will take place Tuesday, October 22 at 4 p.m. in the Student Center ballroom.

Please see President Martin's full email for her complete comments.


October 19, 2013
4:05 p.m.

Email from EMU Police Department: The Ypsilanti Police Department is looking for information regarding the Demarius Reed homicide investigation. Investigators are looking for anyone who attended the "after party" on the night of October 17, 2013 through the morning of October 18, 2013. The location of the party was at 773 Green Road, Apartment 104, Ypsilanti, Michigan. The apartment is located in the University Green Apartment complex.

If you, or someone you know were in attendance at the "after party," please contact Detective Yuhas, 734.368.8780, or Detective Coppock, 734-368-8776.

Tip information can be called into 734.483.9510.


October 18, 2013
5 p.m.

Community Forum: Follow live tweets from @EMUNews.


October 18, 2013
4:05 p.m.

Update from Ypsilanti Police Department: The YPD has issued a press release on the case.


October 18, 2013
2:53 p.m.

Statement from EMU Athletic Director Heather Lyke: "The EMU family has suffered an unbelievable loss today. Demarius was an influential leader who thrived in the classroom and on the field. Everyone gravitated to him and often described him as the 'life of the locker room.' Our hearts go out to Demarius' family. We are doing all we can to help and support them along with the rest of our student-athletes." See the official EMU athletics website for more reaction, including a quote from MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher.


October 18, 2013
2:24 p.m

Community Forum: EMU will have a community forum today (Friday, Oct. 18) at 5 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium (900 Oakwood) EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes and EMU President Susan Martin will give an update and answer questions.


October 18, 2013
1:47 p.m.

Email from EMU President Susan Martin: We are all deeply saddened by the tragic news this morning involving Eastern Michigan University student Demarius Reed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and his teammates on the football team. As we reported earlier, Demarius, a 20-year old junior majoring in Communication, Media and Theatre Arts and a member of the football team, was the victim of an apparent homicide that was discovered at 7:15 this morning at an off campus location in the 700 block of West Clark Rd., near the intersection of LeForge Rd. and Clark Rd. The circumstances involving his death remain under investigation at this time by the Ypsilanti Police Department. The EMU Police Department is in close contact with Ypsilanti Police and we will provide additional information as we learn additional details.

Counseling is available for students and others in the EMU family who may want those services. You can contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 734.487.1118. The offices are located at 313 Snow Health Center. Counselors recommend that those interested call ahead before stopping in.

A dedicated website has been established to provide the latest updates about the situation as well as information about counseling services. We will have a community forum at 5 p.m. this afternoon in the EMU Student Center Auditorium, in which EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes and I will offer an update on the situation and be available to answer any questions from our campus community.


October 18, 2013
11:41 a.m.

Email to students, faculty and staff: Eastern Michigan University has confirmed with the Ypsilanti Police Department that the victim involved in the homicide investigation reported in the timely warning earlier today is Eastern Michigan University student Demarius Reed. He is a student athlete on the football team. As was reported earlier, the incident happened off campus in the 700 block of West Clark Rd., near the intersection of LeForge Rd. and Clark Rd. It was discovered at 7:15 this morning. Ypsilanti Police are investigating the death and are in close contact with the EMU Police Department. As soon as we learn additional information, we will share it with you. Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact the Ypsilanti Police Department at 734.483.9510.

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