Johnny Shivers, 36, and Markel Owens, 21, were shot and died from their injuries. Owens was a defensive lineman for ASU.
A 37-year-old woman, who was Shivers' wife and Owens' mother, was also shot. She was treated and released last night from Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
Around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, police were called to a duplex at 770 Walker Road. The woman was lying in the front yard with a gunshot wound. Shivers and Owens were found with gunshot wounds inside the apartment. Shivers was apparently deceased on the scene.
Owens was transported to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and pronounced dead.
Investigators have learned that Shivers was arriving home when he was rushed by two masked men and forced inside the apartment. The suspects demanded money and a struggle ensued. Owens and his mother were inside the apartment.
During the struggle, Owens helped Shivers and began fighting one of the men. Shivers and Owens were both shot during the struggle. One of the gunmen then shot the woman. The robbers got away with a large amount of cash.
Investigators believe Shivers was specifically targeted. Police also discovered a large amount of marijuana inside the apartment. While the motive remains under investigation, police believe the robbers had prior knowledge of the drugs and/or cash inside the apartment.
The only information available on the suspects is two black males. They possible left the scene in a white Honda Civic.
Owens began playing for Arkansas State in 2010, when he redshirted and played on the scout team. He recently competed in the GoDaddy Bowl in which Arkansas State defeated Ball State 20-23.
Players as well as former players have been sending tweets regarding Owens' death:
Trent Waters: "R.i.P to my teammate nd bro markel man theres gotta be a better place than this in HEAVEN"
Brian Davis: "It's like losing one of my brothers. You always were looking out for me. Love you @Oskie2Real one of the best teammates I've ever had...RIP"