ASU remembers football player with memorial service


JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Students and administrators ofArkansas State gathered together to remember Markel Owens.

On Tuesday, a memorial service was held for the ASU footballin Centennial Hall. Teammates and coaches of Owens shared stories, rememberingOwens the football player and Owens the person.

"He had no ego," said John Thompson, former ASU defensivecoordinator. "It was never about Markel, it was about his teammates and his redwolf family. Markel did the ultimate in protecting the family. The choices thathe made were absolutely and truly heroic"

Darius Dunaway, teammate of Owens, sharedstories of Owens' selflessness, describing a time when Owens allowed Dunaway toborrow his vehicle when Dunaway needed it for a job.

A letter of condolencewritten by Governor Mike Beebe was read. In the letter, Beebe said, "He wasunselfish on the football field and always gave everything he had, just as he didin his final moments on Earth."

Chermaine Owens, Owensmother, sent an encouraging message to the team. "For the football team, doMarkel a favor: grind hard and stay humble. And can we get a four-peat?"

Owens and hisstepfather, Johnny Shivers, were shot during a home invasion at 770 Walker RoadWednesday night in Jackson, Tenn. Johnny Wade, 19, and DerrickWade, 22, both of Jackson, {}are chargedwith murder, attempted murder and aggravated assault.

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