JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Students and administrators of
Arkansas State gathered together to remember Markel Owens.
On Tuesday, a memorial service was held for the ASU football
in Centennial Hall. Teammates and coaches of Owens shared stories, remembering
Owens the football player and Owens the person.
"He had no ego," said John Thompson, former ASU defensive
coordinator. "It was never about Markel, it was about his teammates and his red
wolf family. Markel did the ultimate in protecting the family. The choices that
he made were absolutely and truly heroic"
Darius Dunaway, teammate of Owens, shared
stories of Owens' selflessness, describing a time when Owens allowed Dunaway to
borrow his vehicle when Dunaway needed it for a job.
A letter of condolence
written by Governor Mike Beebe was read. In the letter, Beebe said, "He was
unselfish on the football field and always gave everything he had, just as he did
in his final moments on Earth."
Chermaine Owens, Owens
mother, sent an encouraging message to the team. "For the football team, do
Markel a favor: grind hard and stay humble. And can we get a four-peat?"
Owens and his
stepfather, Johnny Shivers, were shot during a home invasion at 770 Walker Road
Wednesday night in Jackson, Tenn. Johnny Wade, 19, and Derrick
Wade, 22, both of Jackson, are charged
with murder, attempted murder and aggravated assault.