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Quarterback DaMarcus Smith’s brother was killed night before Marshall loss

Quarterback DaMarcus Smith’s brother was killed night before Marshall loss

Quarterback DaMarcus Smith’s brother was killed night before Marshall loss
October 27
09:14 2015

Reece Waddell | Senior Staff Writer

@ReeceTapout15

Hours before kickoff against North Texas’ game against Marshall University this past Saturday, junior quarterback DaMarcus Smith learned of his brother’s death. His brother, 23-year-old Demond Ramsey, was killed in downtown Louisville, Kentucky late Friday night.IMG_0645

Smith said he did not find out until he woke up Saturday morning and saw numerous phone calls and text messages on his cell phone.

“Everybody kept calling my phone, and I just had all those ‘I love you’ and ‘I’m here for you’ texts. And I didn’t know what was going on,” Smith said. “It was hard. It still is.”

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Courtesy | DaMarcus Smith

Interim head coach Mike Canales said Smith immediately came to his room in the team’s hotel after he learned what happened.

“How do you wake up to someone in the middle of the morning telling you your brother has been killed?” Canales said. “I don’t know at 54 years old if I could take that news. But we tried to focus him in and told him to play for his brother.”

Smith said his brother was going to be in attendance for the Marshall game and spoke to him no more than an hour before he died. In honor of his memory, Smith’s friends and family put a rose in his seat and saved his ticket for the game.

Ramsey was also the godfather to Smith’s 1-year-old daughter. And like Ramsey, Smith is the godfather to Ramsey’s 6-year-old son.

Featured Image: Courtesy | DaMarcus Smith

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