Arkansas State defensive lineman Markel Owens was shot and killed in a home invasion in Jackson, Tenn., on Wednesday night.
According to the Jackson Sun, Johnny Shivers, Owens' stepfather, was arriving home when he was forced inside the apartment by two armed men. The men demanded money, and a struggle ensued between the armed men, Shivers and Owens. Both Owens and Shivers were shot during the incident, and then the gunmen shot Owens' mother.
Owens and Shivers died as a result of their wounds. Owens' mother was treated and released from the hospital.
No arrests have been made.
Markel was a three-year letterman at Arkansas State and had just completed his redshirt junior season in 2013.
"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," head coach Blake Anderson said in a statement. "We are doing everything possible to comfort his teammates, and we extend our compassion to his family during this difficult time."
The 21-year-old Owens played in 11 games for the Red Wolves last season, helping Arkansas State (8-5) to at least a share of its third straight Sun Belt Conference title and a second straight win in the GoDaddy Bowl.
The 6-foot-2, 303-pound native of Jackson, Tenn., would have been a senior next season.