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Former Michigan Player Richard Jekel Killed in Alleged Murder

Content Warning: This story contains details of a homicide.

A 26-year-old man is expected to be charged with open murder and felony firearm in the death of former Michigan football player Richard Jekel, the Grand Rapids Police Department told WOOD-TV in Michigan.

Devon Matthews appeared in court on Tuesday for a bond hearing in an aggravated stalking case. Matthews was free on $100,000 bond after being charged with aggravated stalking in Wyoming. Matthews was on “a GPS tether” per the report when a second aggravated stalking complaint was made in Grand Rapids. 

When authorities went to arrest Matthews, they found him outside his stalking victim’s home with a gun. Jekel, 69, was found dead from a gunshot wound in the back of the car that Matthews was driving. The car, as it turns out, belonged to Jekel.

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Authorities said in court that the gun that Matthews attempted to dump matched the bullet found in Jekel’s body.

Jekel’s daughter, Melissa, discussed her dad’s death with WOOD-TV, noting there was “no motive” apparent in the alleged murder.

“They haven’t been able to make any connection between my dad and Devon at all,” she said. “It was just a random wrong place, wrong time. He was trying to get to his stalking victim. He killed my dad for no reason. He definitely would’ve killed [his stalking victim] because she was the focus, and then their poor child would grow up without either parent. So I mean it sucks, but I just don’t want to be bitter and let it consume me.” 

At the hearing for the second aggravated stalking charge, Matthews’ bond was raised to $50,000. He’s due back in court next week.