The funeral service for former University of Miami football player JoJo Nicolas is at 1 p.m. Saturday at Glendale Baptist Church, 14580 SW 117 Ave., Miami. The funeral is open to the public.
A public viewing for Nicolas is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Covenant Baptist Church, 1055 NW Sixth Ave., Florida City.
Nicolas, who would have been 25 on Monday, died last Wednesday, a day after he crashed his car into the back of an 18-wheeler on the MacArthur Causeway after leaving Miami Beach.
Nicolas graduated from Homestead High and played football at UM from 2007 to 2011.
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“It will be a traditional going home service,’’ Nicolas’ older brother, Elliot Davis said Tuesday. “All of this is so tragic.’’
Davis, one of Nicolas’ three brothers, said a few hundred people gathered Monday night at Loren Roberts Park in Florida City for a candlight vigil.
“We wanted to celebrate his birthday in a way that wasn’t celebrating his death, but his life,’’ Davis said. “Initially we thought it would last 30 minutes but it lasted two hours.’’
Davis said several former Miami Hurricanes spoke about Nicolas, including DeMarcus Van Dyke, Brandon Harris, Allen Bailey, Sean Spence and Antrel Rolle.
“It was beautiful,’’ Davis said.
Sophomore Kailey Walsh shot an even-par 71 to lead the 30th-ranked Hurricanes, who are in third place after two rounds at the 2014 Hurricane Invitational at Biltmore Golf Course. Freshman Daniela Darquea was one stroke behind Walsh, turning in a 1-over 72. Darquea and Walsh head into Wednesday’s final round in third and eighth place, respectively.
The Canes combined to shoot a 295 Tuesday, for a two-round total team score of 579. The Canes are eight strokes behind the tournament leader, No. 25 Iowa State. No. 18 Northwestern is in second place with a 574, while No. 69 Mercer and No. 65 Campbell are tied for fourth with 585.
Iowa State’s Sasikarn On-lam shot a 69 for the second consecutive day to take the individual lead at 4-under 138. Next is Middle Tennessee’s Avery George (3-under, 139), Darquea (2-under, 140) and Mercer’s Sarah Louie Brown (1-under, 141) .
Tournament MVP Chris Solomon scored a game-high 25 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Seahawks in the Sun Conference championship game at Miami Gardens. Fred Mattison scored 23 points and Jake Lockhart added 17 for Northwood. St. Thomas was led by Khaalis Coppock-Bey’s 20 points, and all-tournament selection Davorn Bryant, who scored 18. As regular season conference champion, St. Thomas had already automatically qualified for the NAIA national championships. Northwood joins STU as an automatic qualifier as conference tournament champion.