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2 arrested in shooting death of former Simeon player

Updated: November 25, 2013 6:58PM

Two Detroit men have been charged with murder of one-time Simeon High School football star Demarius Reed, who was found shot to death Oct. 18th near the Eastern Michigan University campus in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Reed, 21, a student and football player at the university, was found in an off-campus apartment and had been shot several times. At least one person walked by his body without realizing he had been shot.

Ypsilanti police and school authorities said Monday that two men had been arrested in the case and were facing charges of murder and armed robbery.

Ed Jemeal Thomas and Kristopher Kaivon Pratt, both 20, are charged with open murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, Ypsilanti police said in a statement Monday.

Pratt was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Pratt, according to the Harper Woods Police Dept. in suburban Detroit, was already in custody after allegedly robbing a man of newly purchased Air Jordan shoes, then shooting at him in a mall.

Reed suffered multiple gunshot wounds, police had said in an earlier statement. Some of his belongings were missing, and robbery was the suspected motive, police said.

Reed, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound wide receiver, was rated as Illinois’ 43rd-best prospect while at Chicago’s Simeon. He earned first-team All-State and All-City honors. Reed also had started all six games for Eastern Michigan this year, catching 15 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown.


Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire

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