Family and friends remember Alex Nicolas

  • Julie Nicolas, center, and her son Jonathan Nicolas, center, share a moment of silence with family and friends during a canal-side memorial for Julie Nicolas's son, Alex Nicolas, on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in North Miami Beach. One week earlier, Alex Nicolas, 20 -- running from police after they stopped and handcuffed him -- drowned in the canal, near Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 163rd Street. Nearly 300 people gathered for the memorial. They met at Area Code 55 restaurant, 16375 Biscayne Blvd. and crossed the eight-lane boulevard to the canal. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Julie Nicolas, left, and son Jonathan Nicolas, center, comfort each other among friends and family during a canal-side memorial for Julie Nicolas's son, Alex Nicolas, on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in North Miami Beach. One week earlier, Alex Nicolas, 20 -- running from police after they stopped and handcuffed him -- drowned in the canal, near Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 163rd Street. Nearly 300 people gathered for the memorial. They met at Area Code 55 restaurant, 16375 Biscayne Blvd. and crossed the eight-lane boulevard to the canal. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Jessica Fishkin, 20, of Miami, center, embraces Julie Nicolas, left, and Nicolas's sister, Annie, right, during a memorial for Julie Nicolas's son, Alex, on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in North Miami Beach. Nearly 300 friends and family members of Alex Nicolas, 20, gathered for a memorial walk across Biscayne Boulevard at Northeast 163rd Street to the canal where Alex Nicolas drowned one week earlier. He was stopped and handcuffed by police, ran away from officers, crossed the boulevard and went into a the canal. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Katie Campbell, 20, of North Miami Beach, holds a rose and has a quiet moment before taking part in a memorial for her friend Alex Nicolas, on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in North Miami Beach. Nearly 300 friends and family members gathered to remember Nicolas, 20, who died one week earlier in a canal near Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 163rd Street. Nicolas was stopped and handcuffed by police. He ran away from officers, crossed the boulevard and went into a nearby canal, where he drowned. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Nearly 300 friends and family members of Alex Nicolas cross Biscayne Boulevard at Northeast 163rd Street during a memorial walk and gathering for Nicolas on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in North Miami Beach. One week earlier, Nicolas, 20, was stopped and handcuffed by police. He ran away from officers, crossed the boulevard and went into a nearby canal, where he drowned. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Luciana Cea, 15, of North Miami, center, holds flowers to cast into the canal where her friend, Alex Nicolas, 20, died while handcuffed and running away from police officers. Nearly 300 friends and family members of Alex Nicolas, 20, gathered for a memorial walk on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 in North Miami Beach. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF