Please give him back. His family, his friends, all beg please give him back. Nicholas Jerome Ackies was shot and killed Friday, and all those that love him can say is please give him back. Nicholas wasn't just a stand out on the football field, he was a stand out amongst people, amongst his friends, amongst his family.
He lost a sister at a young age and only continued remembering her by carrying on with life so large that all those around him stood in amazement.
He was a son, a brother, an uncle, and friend. Yes an athlete, but also someone who was stolen from those who knew him and the world that would get to know him.
Nicholas, from Richmond, originally from Williamsburg, was born December 30, 1998. He was a criminal justice major and psych and sociology minors at Norfolk State University. He was 18 years old.
Ackies was a standout athlete in football and baseball at Douglas Freeman. He graduated in the spring and attended Norfolk State, where he was a freshman defensive end on the football team and a closing pitcher for the baseball team.
Ackies played varsity football and baseball for three years at Freeman. Though football was his best sport, he showed promise as a baseball player, too. He threw 90 mph as a sophomore and pitched in the region championship game that season.
Ackies was named All-Metro as a junior and senior in football. He hoped to continue as a two-sport athlete. He planned on playing baseball at Norfolk State this spring.
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