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       === Arkansas State's Markel Owens killed in Tennessee shooting ===
 
 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."
 
 01/16 14:49:29 ET