Miami Dade Police are searching for answers after an 18-year-old basketball star was fatally shot Sunday.
Malcolm Nicholas III, 19, who was described by some as a “basketball prodigy” was shot in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood. The shooting details remain unknown, WTVJ reported.
Nicholas played basketball his whole life, according to his former coach, Ricky Gomez, starting his career at Miami Senior High School before transferring to Mater Academy Charter Middle and High School, according to WTVJ.
Recently, Nicholas went to a postgraduate basketball program called Believe Academy in Tennessee, WTVJ reported.
Longtime Miami Heat captain Udonis Haslem, like many others, took to Instagram to mourn the loss.
This breaks my heart. I’m literally tearing up right now. This young man didn’t deserve this. He had his entire life ahead of him and basketball was his way out of this city. I’ve known his father all my life. I know he was a good kid. I know he kept his nose clean. His pops looked out for me as a youngster. Without his guidance I’m not here today. The opportunities I had to speak with this young man he was always receptive, positive, and well mannered. This shit gotta stop man!!! Idk how or what to do but I’m open to suggestions. My prayers go out to the family. Rest up lil Mook and big Mook I’m hear homie. I got u!!!🙏🏾☑️💯 #ripLilMook #towner4life
Our thoughts and prayers to the family/friends of Malcolm Nicholas, Jr. @Gods_Gift_2017_ Our hearts go out to you. You will truly be missed!— Believe Academy (@BelievePrep) November 13, 2017
Nicholas had several offers to play at Division I schools, including Indiana, according to WTVJ.
Anyone with information is urged to call the City of Miami Police Homicide Unit at 305-603-6350.
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