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Western Michigan Basketball Player Arrested, Charged With Murder At WMU Last Week

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Western Michigan University student Joeviair Kennedy, a red-shirt freshman for the Broncos men’s basketball team, has been charged with the murder of 19-year-old Jacob Jones. On December 8th, 2016,  Jones, a beloved member of the WMU community, was the victim of a robbery-gone-wrong. He was shot and killed in an off-campus apartment Kennedy has been suspended from the school and all of his information has been wiped from WMU websites.

While we’re not students or members of the WMU community, from everything that we read and heard about Jones, we learned that he was a valuable member of the Western Michigan family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jones’ family and friends.

Who Is Joeviair Kennedy?

Joeviair Kennedy was a redshirt freshman for the WMU Broncos men’s basketball team. Joviair was arrested on Friday. He’s been charged with armed robbery and murder following the death of Jacob Jones.

Before the robbery, Joeviair had played an average of 7.4 minutes in eight games and was scoring just over three points a game.

What Happened?

According to police, Kennedy shot and killed Jones while trying to rob him of his phone and money at an off-campus apartment located in the 700 block of South Howard Street. Other people were present at the apartment when it happened.

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