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Former Basketball Player honored at a memorial

Daryl Thomas, who helped lead the Indiana University men’s basketball team to the 1987 NCAA Championship, has passed away at the age of 52. Thomas, a native of West Chester, Illinois, played for the Hoosiers from 1983-87 and was a team captain.

A priest blessed Daryl Thomas’s ashes with incense as family friends and relatives watched in disbelief. Less than two weeks ago, Thomas, 52, died of a heart attack, and now people he knew throughout his life gathered to honor him in the gym he coached the Montini Catholic High Broncos boys basketball team. Some sat in the bleachers, others in chairs placed in rows on the court. Nearly every student wore some sort of spirit wear, and the altar rested under a basketball hoop.

By: Swati Kaushal


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