Funeral for USC guard Francis set for Saturday

LOS ANGELES -- A funeral service for slain Southern
California freshman point guard Ryan Francis will be held Saturday
in Baton Rouge, La.

The service will be held at Greater King David Baptist Church,
North Location, with burial to follow at Southern Memorial Gardens.

The 19-year-old Francis was shot and killed early Saturday while
riding in a car in Baton Rouge, where he was visiting his mother,
Paulette, for Mother's Day.

The USC men's basketball team will travel to Louisiana on Friday
to attend the funeral. Coach Tim Floyd and some of his assistants
are already in Baton Rouge with the Francis family.

USC is paying for the team's travel to Louisiana and covering
all costs of the funeral, as allowed by NCAA rules.

Francis started all 30 USC games last season and averaged 7.1
points and 3.7 assists. The Trojans had a 17-13 record.

Francis was among four passengers whose vehicle pulled up to a
stoplight early Saturday. The driver of another vehicle got out and
opened fire, said Lt. Keith Bates of the Baton Rouge Police
Department. The driver of the car Francis was in attempted to drive
away but Francis, who was sitting in the back seat, was shot
multiple times.

Bates said no one else in the vehicle was injured. D'Anthony
Norman Ford was arrested without incident Saturday and booked on
one count of first-degree murder.

Information about an on-campus tribute to Francis is pending and
will be announced at a future date, the school said Monday.