CHICAGO (CBS) — It has been a month since a 20-year-old college student from Chicago was killed in Ypsilanti, Michigan – and the family says they’re encouraged that police may have some leads, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.

The body of Demarius Reed was found October 18 – in the hallway of his apartment building near Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Reed had been a star on Simeon Academy’s football team.

He also played football for Eastern Michigan University, where he was a junior.

“He was all of our heroes. He went to college and we used to watch him on Saturday morning playing football. And it was a big deal for us. So it was very hard,” said Dwayne Reed, Demarius’ uncle.

He says the family is encouraged by what they’ve heard from police in Ypsilanti.

“All we know is that they have a few leads.”

He says police have not told them more than that.

The reward for information leading to Demarius Reed’s killer is now $15,000.