Eastern Michigan University students and others remembered 20 year old student athlete Demarius Reed with a march, rally, and candlelight vigil. Among those participating were Reed's mother and the family of Julia Niswender who was killed less than a year ago.
Eastern Michigan University and area police agencies will immediately begin collaborating on patrols of the LeForge Road area north of EMU's campus.
One week after the death of 20 year-old Demarius Reed, an Eastern Michigan University student athlete found dead in the University Green apartment complex, law enforcement is collaborating to step up patrols in the area. EMU's Department of Public Safety will work with officers from the Ypsilanti Police department and Washtenaw County Sheriff's Deputies to patrol the LeForge Road area.
Eastern Michigan University and area police agencies will immediately begin collaborating on patrols of the LaForge Road area north of the EMU campus.
The university says the EMU Department of Public Safety will work with Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township police and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, with each dedicating officers specifically to patrol the area.
EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes says each evening, assigned officers will meet at the university's Public Safety headquarters to coordinate their efforts.
About 250 people are taking part in a "Increase the Peace" march across the Eastern Michigan University campus this afternoon.
Among those in attendance - the mother of 20 year-old EMU student athlete Demarius Reed and several other family members. Reed was found dead in his apartment complex suffering from several gunshot wounds, the victim of what investigators say may have been a robbery.
Also marching today are family members of Julia Niswender, an EMU student who was found dead in her off-campus apartment almost one year ago.
Eastern Michigan University officials continue to meet with representatives from the city of Ypsilanti and others to discuss ways to improve safety in response to a string of off-campus attacks on students, including the death of Wide Receiver Demarius Reed.
To reach out to a wider group of students a public safety meeting was held in the middle of the food court at lunch time at the Student Center Wednesday.
EMU President Susan Martin says they're working quickly to improve security off campus. She says a meeting with campus police and department leadership was taking place today.
Martin says a meeting with Ypsilanti officials took place yesterday, with another planned for Friday. She says they're "moving as quickly as we can".
EMU Police chief Bob Heighes says students are safe on campus, but they need to get involved by calling the police when they see things. He says they are working with the city to improve safety off-campus as well.
Students are leading a Stop the Violence march, rally, and vigil Thursday.
Eastern Michigan University has held a second community forum to discuss the death of wide receiver Demarius Reed and other violence against Eastern students.
The Demarius Reed homicide, three other attacks of Eastern Michigan University students off campus, and two reports of on-campus criminal sexual conduct with individuals that knew each other all in the last week led E-M-U and Ypsilanti officials to holding a community forum to talk about efforts to improve safety. E-M-U and Ypsilanti officials met to talk about safety and then were on hand for the community forum.