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ASU remembers football player with memorial service

(Source: Arkansas State University Athletics) (Source: Arkansas State University Athletics)

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 player 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.

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