The death of Arkansas State University football player Markel Owens is a devastating loss to Region 8. A police captain in Jackson, Tennessee where Owens grew up, said this young man was a hero. Captain Tyreece Miller said Owens intervened when he saw his mother and step-father in danger. I didn't know Owens personally, but I wish I had. After listening to his teammates and coaches remember him, it sounds like Owens was a wonderful person with a big heart and lots of life to live, a life that's now been taken. I know everything happens for a reason, but sometimes it's just so hard for us to understand. I think the best thing we can do is pray for Owens mom, his fellow teammates and our entire Region 8 community as we mourn the loss of this hero. Markel Owens made this A Better Region 8.