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USC Starting Point Guard Ryan Francis Killed in Louisiana

From AP

LOS ANGELES – Southern California freshman point guard Ryan Francis was shot and killed early Saturday while riding in a car in Louisiana, where he was visiting his mother.

The 19-year-old Francis was killed about 3:30 a.m. in Baton Rouge, said Tim Tessalone, USC’s director of sports information.

“We understand he was in a car and somebody shot into the car,” Tessalone said.


Francis was USC’s starting point guard and averaged more than seven points a game.


“We’re all devastated,” said USC coach Tim Floyd. “We’ve lost a special young man who in his short time at USC made an impression that will last forever.”

How sad.

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