Arkansas State University football player Markel Owens, 21, and his stepfather Johnny Shivers, 36, were shot and killed during a Wednesday night home invasion robbery on Walker Road in Jackson. A 37-year-old woman, who was Shivers' wife and Owens' mother, was also shot. She was treated and released Wednesday night from Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, police said. The police news release did not identify her by name, but Owens' mother is Chermaine Owens. A woman who lives across the street from the apartment where the shooting happened spoke with The Jackson Sun this morning and said she and her husband heard at least three gunshots and ran outside to help the family and call 911. The neighbor, Sharvis Glenn-Prather, said she knew nothing about the shooting and only wanted to provide comfort to the woman who had been shot in the leg and was screaming in the front yard of the apartment at 770 Walker Road. Glenn-Prather said the woman was screaming, “My husband and son have been shot. Someone go help them." Glenn-Prather said the injured woman sent Glenn-Prather’s husband inside the apartment to check on Shivers and Owens. Glenn-Prather said while she prayed with the woman in the yard, her husband went inside and suspected that Shivers was dead. He stayed with Owens and tried to comfort him, she said. Glenn-Prather said she took her jacket off and gave it to the woman in the yard, who was shivering and was only in her pajamas. “I just don’t know why this would happen to this family,” she said. “They were such a good family. That boy goes to college and plays football. God help them.” Police were called to the duplex at 770 Walker Road about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Owens' mother 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, police said. Owens was transported to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and pronounced dead.
Arkansas State's Markel Owens shot and killed
Jackson Sun | Jan 19