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Tragedy at EMU

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Pray for the family of Shannise Heady and the EMU Athletics Family YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) - Eastern Michigan University women's basketball student-athlete Shannise Heady (Hazel Crest, Ill.-Hillcrest-Seton Hall) and fellow EMU student Jordan Hopkins died in an automobile accident on Hewitt Road north of Michigan Avenue in Ypsilanti Township. The accident occurred shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 25. EMU grief counselors have been meeting with and supporting the team, fellow students, faculty and staff. The University is prepared to offer counseling and support to anyone who requests it. Please contact University Health Services at 734.487.1118. "Obviously this is one of our toughest days as a program and for the entire Eagle Nation as we mourn the loss of Shannise," said EMU Head Women's Basketball Coach Tory Verdi. "No words can describe the feelings right now as we are truly devastated to learn of her passing. Shannise was not only an inspiration to all of us, but she brought energy and liveliness to our team. She was a true joy to coach and has left an everlasting impression not only on me but the rest of our team as well. She will be missed greatly." "We are deeply saddened by the loss of Shannise and have tremendous empathy for the families," Vice President/Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Heather Lyke added. "Our prayers for peace are with them. Shannise lit up the room with her personality and smile and will be missed in our locker room and the department."

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