Ryan Francis Funeral Set For Saturday In Baton Rouge

May 15, 2006

LOS ANGELES-A funeral service for USC freshman point guard Ryan Francis will be held this Saturday (May 20) at 11 a.m. at Greater King David Baptist Church, North Location (222 Blount Rd., Baton Rouge, La. 70807).

A public viewing will be held at the church on Friday (May 19) from noon to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

A burial will be held immediately after the funeral at Southern Memorial Gardens (3012 Blount Rd.), followed by a reception/repast that afternoon at the church.

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

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ryan Francis Memorial Fund established by his family. Money may be mailed or wired to Regions Bank, 7265 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge 70806, attention Dan Piershale (account #4302618346, routing #065403626).

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

Francis, 19, was shot and killed on May 13 while riding in a car in his hometown of Baton Rouge, the unintended victim of a dispute between two other men. An only child, Francis had gone home to be with his mother, Paulette, for Mother's Day.

The 5-11 Francis started all 30 of USC's games in 2006, averaging 7.1 points and 3.7 assists to earn Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention notice.

He was the 2005 Louisiana Class 4-A Player of the Year while leading Baton Rouge's Glen Oaks High to a 36-0 record and the state 4-A title (he was MVP of the championship game).