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Teammates remember slain Arkansas State football player

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Thursday marked one year since the murder of Arkansas State University football player Markel Owens.

Markel and his stepfather were murdered during a robbery in Jackson, Tennessee.

Right now, three people face charges in connection to the incident.

Derrick Wade, Johnny Wade and Craig Taylor face charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and aggravated assault.

Police say Derrick and Johnny Wade broke into the home then shot and killed Owens and his stepfather. They say Taylor served as the getaway driver.

Darius Dunaway and Darius Buckley were both friends and teammates with Owens, and they both say they try not to think of Owen's death and instead they focus on the great memories they had with him.

“Sometimes we can get used to being here, making this our home but I know God has told us this is our temporary home," Dunaway said. He has a kingdom, something we can't even imagine how awesome it is in Heaven. He's enjoying it, so he's winning right now. He's waiting for us to get up there with him as well.”

Dunaway recalls the last words he said to Owens.

“I'm going to come to every game you play in, I'm going to watch you and support you because this is your year,” Dunaway said.

Dunaway first met Owens during his freshman year and, because he was an upperclassman, Dunaway took him under his wing.

“His mom was kind of nervous about letting him go," Dunaway said. "I told her I'll take real good care of him, so you can just go back home, he's fine."

Buckley described Owens as a great friend and said he was one of the people he hung around the most.

“He definitely made it easier to be up here, away from family,” Buckley said.

Some of the things Buckley remembers the most about Owens was his laugh and attitude on the field.

“He'd do little silly stuff like dance, tell jokes, stuff like that to help the time go by faster,” Buckley said.

The ASU football team honored Owens and Barry Weyer this year by placing crosses on their helmets with their initials.

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