Police working to keep Eastern Michigan University students safe

(WXYZ) - A weekend of violent acts against students at Eastern Michigan University has the school setting up safety meetings and working on new safety plans with local police. 

The first meeting will take place Tuesday.

The latest acts of violence happened at an on-campus residence hall where two women were raped by two different men.  EMU spokesperson Geoff Larcom tells 7 Action News that one of the suspects, a student, knows the woman he attacked.  He has been arrested and will likely be suspended. 

The second suspect is a relative of a student and he went back to Ohio where police will question the man.

Two students were also assaulted in two separate incidents on Saturday and Sunday where they were attacked by a group of men riding in a silver or gray van.  The two students had to go to the hospital for their injuries and police have yet to catch the suspects.

Then on Friday, football player Demarius Reed was found shot to death Friday in his off campus apartment.   Police are now looking for anyone at an after party at the apartments around the time reed was found shot.

There is a $5,000 reward being offered by Crime Stoppers for information that leads to an arrest in Reed's murder.

The plan now is for university officials, Ypsilanti police and student representatives to collaborate on new safety plans.

"It's very important in such instances to be able to enable them to ask questions to have a landing spot for their concerns as well as to express their own feelings," said Geoff Larcom, EMU spokesperson.

He said even landlords at off campus apartments will be thrown into the discussions and plans about safety.

"Examine how we can improve security in the area for the students, our staff, and everybody there," said Larcom.

The safety meeting Tuesday will be held at the student center at 4 p.m.

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