Thursday, January 16, 2014

Report: Arkansas State football player killed during home invasion

Sad news coming out of the Arkansas State Red Wolves football program, as the university has confirmed that defensive lineman Markel Owens was shot and killed during a home invasion, on Wednesday.

According to the Jackson Sun, Owens' stepfather, Johnny Shivers, came home and was forced inside the apartment by two armed men. The armed men demanded money, thus sparking a physical struggle with Shivers and Owens, which led to Owens and Shivers being shot, as well as Owens' mother.

Both Owens and Shivers died as a result of their injuries. Meanwhile, Owens' mother was treated and released from the hospital.

At this point, no arrest have been made.

Here is a written statement from ASU confirming the death of Owens:

"Our worst fears were realized as an athletics department after being notified early this morning about the unfortunate news about Markel," Arkansas State athletics director Terry Mohajir said in an official statement. "We're deeply saddened and our utmost sympathies go out to his family, teammates and classmates. Please join me in prayer for so many people who are being impacted by the loss of Markel."

"Markel was a part of our Red Wolves family, and it is obvious he was a well-liked and respected member of our team who will be missed," said head coach Blake Anderson added. "We are doing everything possible to comfort his teammates, and we extend our compassion to his family during this difficult time."

Owens was just 21-years-old. He is gone from this world much too soon.

Via Eye on College Football

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