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Funeral held for slain Simeon football player

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  • Family members Edward Harris, left, and Damien Brown, carry a framed photo of Demarius Reed, in his Eastern Michigan football jersey, as they leave Reed's funeral at Holy Temple Cathedral in Harvey, Ill., on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Reed was repeatedly shot Oct. 18 in what police say may have been a robbery. (AP Photo/AnnArbor.com, Melanie Maxwell) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; ONLN OUT; IONLN OUT

      Family members Edward Harris, left, and Damien Brown, carry a framed photo of Demarius Reed, in his Eastern Michigan football jersey, as they leave Reed's funeral at Holy Temple Cathedral in Harvey, Ill., on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Reed was repeatedly shot Oct. 18 in what police say may have been a robbery. (AP Photo/AnnArbor.com, Melanie Maxwell) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; ONLN OUT; IONLN OUT

  • Tanesha Reed, center, stands in front of her husband, Carl, as they exit the church following a funeral service for her eldest son, Eastern Michigan football player, Demarius Reed at Holy Temple Cathedral in Harvey, Ill., on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Reed was repeatedly shot Oct. 18 in what police say may have been a robbery. (AP Photo/AnnArbor.com, Melanie Maxwell) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; ONLN OUT; IONLN OUT

      Tanesha Reed, center, stands in front of her husband, Carl, as they exit the church following a funeral service for her eldest son, Eastern Michigan football player, Demarius Reed at Holy Temple Cathedral in Harvey, Ill., on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Reed was repeatedly shot Oct. 18 in what police say may have been a robbery. (AP Photo/AnnArbor.com, Melanie Maxwell) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; ONLN OUT; IONLN OUT

  • Pallbearers carry Eastern Michigan football player and Chicago native Demarius Reed's casket to a waiting hearse after his funeral at Holy Temple Cathedral in Harvey, Ill., on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Reed was repeatedly shot Oct. 18 in what police say may have been a robbery. (AP Photo/AnnArbor.com, Melanie Maxwell) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; ONLN OUT; IONLN OUT

      Pallbearers carry Eastern Michigan football player and Chicago native Demarius Reed's casket to a waiting hearse after his funeral at Holy Temple Cathedral in Harvey, Ill., on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Reed was repeatedly shot Oct. 18 in what police say may have been a robbery. (AP Photo/AnnArbor.com, Melanie Maxwell) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; ONLN OUT; IONLN OUT

  • A mourner holds two roses as she walks out of the funeral for Eastern Michigan football player and Chicago native Demarius Reed at Holy Temple Cathedral in Harvey, Ill., on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Reed was repeatedly shot Oct. 18 in what police say may have been a robbery. (AP Photo/AnnArbor.com, Melanie Maxwell) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; ONLN OUT; IONLN OUT

      A mourner holds two roses as she walks out of the funeral for Eastern Michigan football player and Chicago native Demarius Reed at Holy Temple Cathedral in Harvey, Ill., on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Reed was repeatedly shot Oct. 18 in what police say may have been a robbery. (AP Photo/AnnArbor.com, Melanie Maxwell) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; ONLN OUT; IONLN OUT

 

HARVEY-- A funeral has been held in the Chicago area for an Eastern Michigan University football player who was fatally shot in an off-campus apartment building.

Hundreds of people filled a church in Harvey on Saturday to remember former Simeon High School receiver Demarius Reed.

WBBM radio says a 4-foot tall photo of Reed carrying a football was placed next to his casket.

Pastor Janet Goodwin described the 20-year-old Reed as "somebody special."

Reed played in six games for Eastern Michigan this season, catching 15 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown. He was a communications major at the Ypsilanti, Mich., school.

Reed was repeatedly shot Oct. 18 in what police say may have been a robbery.

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