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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Arkansas State DL Markel Owens died protecting family during robbery attempt

Markel OwensArkansas State defensive lineman Markel Owens died on Wednesday night while trying to protect his family during a robbery attempt, police believe.

Owens’ stepfather, Johnny Shivers, was followed by two men to his home in Jackson, Tenn. They believe he was forced inside by the masked men in a robbery attempt and a struggle ensued. Shivers, Owens and Owens’ mother were all shot during the struggle. Shivers and Markel Owens died from their injuries, while Owens’ mother was taken to the hospital where she was treated and released.

“I think Mr. Owens had just arrived home minutes before this happened,” Jackson Police Department captain Tyreece Miller said. “After interviewing the witnesses about what happened, we believe there was an initial struggle between Shivers and one of the men. We believe Owens attempted to protect his family or defend his mother and stepfather. He could have perhaps saved his mother’s life.”

According to the Jackson Sun, police believe the robbers were targeting Shivers. They say marijuana was found inside the home.

Owens just completed his redshirt junior season for the Red Wolves. He was a business management major.

“Our worst fears were realized as an athletics department after being notified early this morning about the unfortunate news about Markel,” said Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir. “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 football coach Blake Anderson. “We are doing everything possible to comfort his teammates, and we extend our compassion to his family during this difficult time.”

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