Funeral for USC guard Francis set for Saturday

Updated: May 15, 2006, 8:47 PM ET
Associated Press

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.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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