Viewing held Friday for high school basketball star fatally shot in Miami

Viewing to be followed by candlelight vigil at Gibson Park

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

MIAMI - A viewing is being held Friday for a high school basketball star who was fatally shot over the weekend in Miami.

The viewing for Malcolm Nicholas III, 18, is being held from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bethel Apostolic Temple at 1855 NW 119th St.

A candlelight vigil will also be held in memory of Nicholas Friday evening from 7 to 11 p.m. at Gibson Park in Miami.

Nicholas's funeral is scheduled for Saturday.

According to Miami police, Nicholas was killed Sunday night in the 1700 block of Northwest Fifth Avenue.

His cousin told Local 10 News that Nicholas was attending a special school in Tennessee and was in town for a family party and to celebrate Thanksgiving.

"(It was a case of) mistaken identity," Devondre Hopkins said. "He doesn't do anything. He plays basketball. He came down from school to go to one of his family member's party."

Nicholas previously attended Miami Senior High School, Mater Academy and Believe Prep Academy.

According to, Nicholas had offers to play for the Eastern Michigan Eagles and the IUPUI Jaguars.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is offered for information that leads to an arrest. 

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