Ex-EMU wrestler ID'd as victim of fatal shooting

A former wrestler at Eastern Michigan University has been identified as the victim of a fatal shooting in southeast Michigan.

Jack Marsh
Jack Marsh, Jr., 19, was found fatally wounded at an apartment complex in Pittsfield Township immediately west of the EMU campus in Ypsilanti on April 28, but his identity was only made public this week.

Marsh had been a member of the now-defunct EMU wrestling team until he left the program in January, just two months before the Eagles mat program -- and three other intercollegiate sports -- were eliminated by the Ypsilanti-based school, effective at the end of the 2017-18 school year.

A school spokesperson declined to disclose the reason for Marsh leaving the wrestling program, citing student-privacy laws.

Police initially were called to a robbery with shots fired and one person injured in the parking lot at the Glencoe Hills Apartments on Saturday, April 28. Marsh was found on the ground, and taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Police continue to investigate the death and search for the suspects. No arrests had been made as of this week.

As a freshman wrestling in the 174-pound weight class, Christopher John "Jack" Marsh, Jr. wrestled in six matches at Eastern Michigan, posting a 2-4 record, the Detroit News reported.

Prior to enrolling at Eastern Michigan, Marsh was a 2017 graduate of St. Pius X Catholic High School in the Atlanta area where he was a member of the football and wrestling teams. Marsh won the 170-pound title as a senior at the Georgia state wrestling championships, making him the first state champ for the school in more than 25 years, and the first-ever four-time state tourney placer for St. Pius X. In addition, he held the school record for most takedowns. Marsh also served as the senior team captain, according to his bio in the 2017-18 Eastern Michigan Wrestling Media Guide.

In addition, Marsh was a 2017 Prep Slam National Champion, and a 2017 FR Junior National Duals All-American.

Marsh was an electronic media and film major at EMU. He had completed his winter semester but had not enrolled for fall classes at the time of his death, according to the Ann Arbor News.

Jack Marsh is survived by his parents Chris and Laura of Sandy Springs, Ga. and his twin sisters Ruth and Rachel. He also leaves his maternal grandparent, Lynne Hammontree, also of Sandy Springs, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 9.


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