ASU statement on the passing of Markel Owens

JONESBORO, Ark. ( – Arkansas State University student Markel Owens died last night in his hometown of Jackson, Tenn., where civil authorities have confirmed his passing.  A business management major, Markel was a three-year letterman on the Arkansas State football team who had just completed his redshirt junior season in 2013.

The Arkansas State Athletics Department is still in the process of gathering details surrounding Markel's passing.

"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."

For those grieving, Arkansas State students are reminded that counseling is available through the Arkansas State Counseling Center located in the second floor of the Reng Student Union; phone 870-972-2318.