JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - After nearly three years, a man has pleaded guilty to the murder of an Arkansas State University football player.
Markel Owens was fatally shot in 2014 in Tennessee and now Derrick Wade has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder.
Now, a friend of Owens said he is hoping his memory will live on.
"More than anything I just I want people to know that this kid was an amazing player, and amazing friend, you know amazing person," said Darius Dunaway.
Dunaway was not only friends with Owens they also played football together.
He says the guilty plea has brought comfort to those who loved Owens but prayer is where he finds peace.
"I'm a praying man, so I get a chance to talk to him all the time," said Dunaway. "My wife and I get a chance to pray, my teammates, we talk about him all the time as well."
He said he will continue to pray for everyone involved and for the man who took his friend's life,
"It's so easy to start throwing hate towards the guy who did it but it's something that I learned a long time ago is to not hate the person, hate the sin," said Dunaway. "That guy also needs the same forgiveness that we all need everyday."
"I pray that we pray for this guy who's going through this 30 years in prison that he gets a chance to experience someone better than what he's experiencing now," said Dunaway.
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