Friday, May 19, 2006

Francis' Death Leaves Heartbreak in Its Wake - LA Times
In the same Glen Oaks High library where last year she proudly watched her son Ryan sign a national letter of intent to attend USC on a basketball scholarship, Paulette Francis met with reporters Thursday and lamented the loss of an only child who was "all I had."

Wearing a white T-shirt featuring a picture of Ryan driving for a layup and occasionally pausing to dab her eyes with tissue, Paulette spoke poignantly about her son, who had won the starting job as USC's point guard as a freshman...

...Glen Oaks Principal Wilbert C. August Jr. said school officials were considering retiring Francis' jersey No. 12 and establishing a scholarship fund in his honor. A year after leading the school to a 36-0 record and Class 4-A state basketball title, Francis prompted several administrators to adopt USC as a favorite team, even deep in the heart of Louisiana State country...

Also, Mother recalls Francis' excitement - OC Register
Mother talks of slain basketball star - Baton Rouge Advocate
Francis pines for slain son - Lafayette Daily Advertiser
Mother lauds slain USC point guard - Shreveport Times

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