EMU mourns loss of student shot at party in Portage County, Ohio

YPSILANTI – Jayquon Tillman, an 18-year-old sophomore at Eastern Michigan University, was shot and killed at a large party early Saturday morning in Portage County, Ohio, according to Portage County Sheriff’s reports.

Tillman, who is from Cleveland, belonged to the Delta Nu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and the Kings of Color Student organization at Eastern. He also was involved in Washtenaw County My Brothers Keeper as a member of its Young Brother's Leadership Council.

“It is with the deepest of sympathy that we mourn the death of Jayquon Tillman,” said Eastern Michigan University President James Smith. “Our heartfelt thoughts go out to his family and friends at this time of grief and sorrow. We stand by to offer whatever support the University can provide to all of those who cared for him and loved him.”

The Portage County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident, and is handling details of the case. The shooting occurred at a home in Franklin Township, which is located near Kent State University.

A woman, Kalin Cheyenne Lee, age 20, from Columbus, Ohio was also shot and wounded at the party, but was treated and released from a hospital, sheriff’s deputies said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Portage County Sheriff’s Office at 330-296-5100, ext: 0.

EMU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is prepared to offer counseling to students seeking support. Students can access CAPS’ after-hours phone support in the evenings and weekends by calling 734-487-1118.  On weekdays, students can make an appointment to talk to a counselor by calling 734-487-1118 during business hours. 



May 05, 2017

Written by:
Geoff Larcom

Geoff Larcom