Authorities continue to investigate the death of EMU football player Demarius Reed

(WXYZ) - Several disturbing updates about the murder investigation of Demarius Reed were revealed by Interim Ypsilanti Police Chief Tony DeGiusti  today at a safety meeting for students. 

Chief DeGiusti told the crowd that after interviewing people they found out several people walked right by Reed as he laid in the stairwell of his apartment complex after he had been shot but no one helped him because they thought he was passed out from being drunk. 

Chief DeGiusti also said that at least six people heard the gunshots but no one called police and there were several fights in the parking lot of the apartment complex and no one called police.

The EMU president, EMU police chief and Chief DeGiusti outlined several measures to keep students safe on and off campus.  The university is looking at bringing the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department in to patrol high crime areas off campus.  There is a possibility of putting surveillance cameras at off campus apartments and the university is meeting with apartment landlords tomorrow to see what they can bring to the table in terms of safety.

Chief DeGiusti said they interviewed at least 30 people in the investigation and searched the apartment complex where Reed lived.  He said during the interviews some students said that landlords told them not to call police if there was ever a problem because the apartments would get billed by the police and that cost would be passed off to the renters.  The chief said that is untrue and he would be talking to apartment landlords about the issue. 

There will be a safety meeting at 4pm tomorrow in one of the dorm's to teach students about dorm safety.  The university is also putting out more education on alcohol awareness because a lot of the incidents involved alcohol.

There is a $5,000 reward from Crimestoppers for information that leads to the arrest of someone in the Reed murder.

The night before the 20-year-old's death, people were out celebrating a birthday at Papi O's.

Hours later, police believed a group of people went to some type of after-party in a first floor unit of building 773 at the University Green Apartments.

Reed also lived on the third floor of the same building.

The wide receiver's body was found in his apartment by his roommate around 7:00 am Friday.

Detectives are looking for anyone who was at the after-party as they search for more clues. Many people who live in Reed's building heard about the party but told 7 Action News they did not attend the gathering.

Since Reed's murder, there is more security in the area.  Those who in the apartment complex said it has made them feel safer as Ypsilanti Police work to track down the gunman.

If you were at the after-party, know anyone who was there, or know anything about the case you are asked to call Ypsilanti detectives at (734) 368-8780  or Ypsilanti police at (734) 438-9510.

Funeral services for Demarius will be held at 11 a.m. this Saturday, October 26, at Holy Temple Evangelistic Church of God in Christ, 15912 Lincoln Avenue, Harvey, Ill.

Visitation is scheduled to be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (CDT) this Friday, October 25, at Leak and Sons Funeral Chapel, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, Ill.

On Friday, students are planning a Stop the Violence march, rally and candlelight vigil this Thursday at 4:30 p.m. on the north side of the student center.

If you'd like to help, a Demarius Reed Memorial Fund has been set up in the wide receiver's honor. You can donate by:

  • Sending a check to the EMU Foundation, 1349 South Huron Street, Ypsilanti, MI  48197 (note on check – Demarius Reed Memorial Fund
  • Donating by phone at 734-484-1322 ;
  • Making a contribution online at www.emufoundation.org . Click "Donate Now" and select the Demarius Reed Memorial Fund.
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