Arrests made in murder of EMU football player, 1 defendant arraigned

(WXYZ) - "I'm happy justice has been served, it's in the process of being served," said Cheyenne Taylor.

This past Friday Ypsilanti Police arrested 20-year-old Ed Thomas from Detroit, and another 20-year-old man for Reed's murder.  Reed, a 21-year-old students said always brought a smile to their face.

"Always a pleasant guy.  Always so sweet.  Very respectful.  It's really sad that this has happened.  It's very unfortunate," said Taylor.

The charges against Thomas include open murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.  Court records indicate Thomas stole Reed's cell phone and wallet during the murder. 

Reed was found shot to death in the stairwell of his off campus apartment after a party in October.

"I'm glad they arrested them and finally brought justice to his family," said sophomore Marquise Allen.

"Makes me feel safer that they're not just letting the case go and just letting it go unsolved," said freshman DeNika Bryson-Kelly.

Reed's murder prompted the university and local police agencies to step up security on campus and off campus. 

We asked students if they are noticing a difference with extra patrols.

"I'll see more police officers standing around and driving around.  Especially, when it's dark.  So I was happy to see that," said Bryson-Kelly.

"Like when I come in my building there is a security guard there all the time instead of like some of the time they wouldn't be there and sometimes they were," said Allen. 

"I notice a lot more police cars more frequently and security guards at the eateries, marketplace and student center," said sophomore Fabian Scott.

The second suspect, the other 20-year-old, from Detroit, will also face murder and robbery charges in Reed's death.

7 Action News is not releasing the name of the second suspect until he is arraigned Tuesday at 1pm at the Washtenaw County Jail.

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