Mother: “I cry for my son, but at the same time I know that he had God in his life.”
| Florida Times-Union
Louis Nix III earned the nickname âIrish Chocolateâ when he played football for the legendary Notre Dame team.
His mother called him “Big Lou,” and the Jacksonville man, 29, will be buried on March 20.
The former NFL player whose football career began at Raines High School was found dead on February 27 when police recovered his car from a retention pond outside his apartment complex on Broxton Bay Drive.
The visit will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 19 at the Holmes-Glover-Solomon Funeral Directors at 4334 Brentwood Ave. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. the next day at the Philippian Community Church at 7578 New Kings Road, just north of Soutel Conduire.
Nix’s mother, Stephanie Wingfield, said it has been a very difficult time for her family, losing her son – who was also injured in a recent shooting – just months after his mother died. But since her death, she has learned that her “Big Lou” touched the lives of so many people.
âIt is just overwhelming to get all the calls and people posting pictures of him hugging them,â she said. “… I’m happy to know and to see that he touched so many lives. He was bigger than life and had so much life to live, for it to be cut short. It’s hard, it’s hard. is heartbreaking. And he wanted to do so much more. I don’t understand. I need to understand. “
Louis Nix III: a successful athlete
Nix played soccer and basketball in Raines and was on his track teams as well. The Times-Union named him a Super 11 selection in 2009. He played for Notre Dame from 2011 to 2013, helping the Fighting Irish reach the 2012 season national championship game. He then went to the NFL to play for the Houston Texans before moving on to the New York Giants, Washington Redskins and the Jacksonville Jaguars. But injuries curtailed his football career in 2017.
He was seriously injured on Dec. 8 when he was shot in the chest during a robbery outside a gas station while putting air in his tires, according to the office of the Sheriff of Jacksonville.
Nix’s family had launched a GoFundMe fundraiser for his rehabilitation just days after he was shot, saying his’ near-death experience ‘reinforced his commitment to making a difference in his North Jacksonville community as a’ staunch advocate. of the fight against violence â.
Then came the discovery of his car in the pond days after his mother reported missing when she said he had not answered her calls or texts.
Police even issued a public missing person notice on February 27. Later that day, her mother said she felt something was wrong.
âI just felt sick because I knew, I felt like something had happened to my baby,â she said in an interview with the Sunday Times-Union.
The sheriff’s office later said he was found “near where the vehicle was in the pond”.
Wingfield said she is still âquestioningâ what happened. She said he had just had another surgery at the hospital to deal with the aftermath of the December shooting, and that it hurt to see him “in so much pain”. But then he met his pastor, and she said he “had accepted God into his life.”
âIf God had taken him when he was shot, my baby wouldn’t have been ready,â his mother said. “But God took him when he was ready, so that’s what I get out of it all. I cry for my son, but at the same time I know he had God in his life.”
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