Jonesboro, AR (SportsNetwork.com) - Arkansas State confirmed Thursday that defensive lineman Markel Owens died Wednesday night in his hometown of Jackson, Tenn.
"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 sadden 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."
According to the Jackson Sun, Owens and Johnny Shivers were fatally shot during a home invasion robbery at a duplex on Wednesday night. Shivers died at the scene. Owens was transported to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and pronounced dead.
The report states that a 37-year-old woman, who was Shivers' wife and Owens' mother, was also shot. She was treated and released from Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
Owens was a three-year letterman who had just completed his redshirt junior season in 2013.
"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."