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Red Wolf football player Markel Owens among two dead following Wednesday night shooting

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014

Updated: Thursday, January 16, 2014 14:01

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JACKSON, TN - Arkansas State University confirmed this morning that junior defensive lineman Markel Owens was shot and killed last night in his hometown of Jackson, Tenn.

Police in Jackson confirmed that Owens was one of two men shot and killed on Wednesday night in one side of a duplex at 770 Walker Road around 9:30 p.m. A third person, a woman, was shot, taken to the hospital, treated and released, Jackson police said.

Jerry Scott, sports information director at Arkansas State, confirmed the news and said “it’s a sad day for the Red Wolves.”

Arkansas State football’s official Twitter account also confirmed the news this morning, posting the following message:

“Today is a tough day for the Red Wolves family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Markel Owens’ family and friends at this difficult time.”

Several Red Wolf football players also took to social media to express their grief over the loss of their teammate.

Senior placekicker Brian Davis tweeted out the following:

“It’s like losing one of my brothers. You always were looking out for me. Love you Markel Owens one of the best teammates I’ve ever had…RIP.”

Davis then added:

“The world can be so cruel. Hold on to the ones you love the most…”

Sophomore kicker/punter Luke Ferguson also took to Twitter and tweeted this message:

“Hate waking up to news like this. You will be missed Big O!”

The 6-foot-2, 303-pound, 21-year-old native of Jackson played in 11 games this past season, helping lead the Red Wolves (8-5) to at least a share of their third straight Sun Belt Conference title and a second straight victory in the GoDaddy Bowl against Ball State.

Owens would have been a senior this upcoming season.

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