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The family of a teenager fatally shot in Ypsilanti early Saturday morning needs help paying for his funeral arrangements. 

17 year-old Keon Washington died after being shot while in the 500 block of Madison Street. 

It wasn't long after a reward of $2,500 was announced that police arrested a suspect. 

19 year-old Keandre Duff is being held in the Washtenaw County jail on $70,000 bond.  He faces charges that include assault with intent to murder and carrying a concealed weapon. 

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The trial date for two Detroit men accused of killing EMU football player Demarius Reed last fall has been pushed back a month.

The trial of Ed Thomas and Kristopher Pratt had been set to start June 23rd, but it's been re-scheduled for July 21st. 

Since Reed's death at his off-campus apartment complex, EMU has been working to improve safety in near-campus areas. 

The university is hiring 10 new police officers, has expanded patrols into neighborhoods surrounding the campus, and has worked with local apartment complexes to boost security.

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While representatives from several apartment complexes to the north of Eastern Michigan University attended a neighborhood watch meeting only a handful of residents were present.  

Law enforcement officials from EMU, Ypsilanti, and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department say it will take participation from the residents to reduce crime in the Leforge Road area. 

Jess Spike is the Ypsilanti Township Neighborhood Watch Liaison for the sheriff's department.  Spike says they have received more assistance since the homicide of EMU football player Demarius Reed.

A new community action team including law enforcement officers from Ypsilanti, Eastern Michigan University, and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department will work on narcotics and other crimes across the city and surrounding neighborhoods.  The new team is a result of the greater collaboration between law enforcement in the Leforge Road area after Reed's death.

Ypsilanti Township has had a similar program in place for several years and township officials say it has been successful. 

Ypsilanti City Manager Ralph Lange has chosen interim Police Chief Tony DiGiusti to serve as Chief on a permanent basis starting next month. 

DiGiusti was hired as Deputy Chief about a year ago, and has served as interim Chief since Amy Walker retired to take a job in the private sector in October of last year. 

Some Ypsilanti City Council members aren't happy with City Manager Ralph Lange's decision not to identify the two finalists to be the city's next Chief of Police. 

The finalists will appear at a public forum one week from tonight, but Lange has opted not to identify them.  

WEMU news has obtained emails between several council members and the City Manager's office. 

Council members express concerns over the names not being released, as well as confusion over plans to have three finalists to bring before the public rather than two. 

Police are looking for a car observed leaving the scene of a shooting early this morning that left an Eastern Michigan University student with a non-life threatening bullet wound to the arm. 

Investigators say a blue Ford Mustang was seen speeding away from Peninsular Place Apartments after the incident around 1:40 this morning.

Destinee Leapheart was wounded when an apparent random gunshot sent a bullet through the wall and into her apartment. 

Leapheart's roommate, Tammy Flowers, says Leapheart seems to be doing OK now.

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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.

Ypsilanti's interim Chief of Police says at least six people heard gunshots the night Demarius Reed was killed, but didn't call police. 

Tony DiGiusti's comments came at a community forum in the Eastern Michigan University Student Center ballroom Tuesday afternoon. 

Chief DiGiusti says at least one person walked by Reed lying on the ground and did nothing, thinking he was drunk. 

As police continue to investigate the death of EMU student athlete Demarius Reed, another campus and community forum has been scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. 

Reed was found dead in his off-campus apartment complex early Friday morning.  Investigators say the 20 year-old had suffered several gunshot wounds, and my have been the victim of a robbery. 

Tuesday's community forum begins at 4:00 p.m., with Ypsilanti's interim Chief of Police giving an update on the investigation and answering any questions he can. 

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Funeral arrangements have been set for the Eastern Michigan University student athlete found dead in his off-campus apartment complex Friday morning.

Ypsilanti Police Chief Amy Walker is retiring. 

Walker's October retirement was announced today, and follows more than twenty years of service to the city. 

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It looks as though Ypsilanti City Council will go ahead and allow the city's firefighters union to make a presentation on why it believes a hybrid police and fire model is wrong for Ypsilanti. 

City Manager Ralph Lange has recommended cross-training police to also respond to fires as a way to make the best use of city employees.