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Memorial planned for former N.C. State player lost at sea

Posted March 19, 2009

— The Detroit Lions will hold a memorial service for former N.C. State defensive lineman Corey Smith on Saturday.

The service was scheduled to begin at noon at St. Paul's Baptist Church in Richmond, Va.

Smith, a free agent who played the past three seasons for the Lions, was one of three men lost in the Gulf of Mexico after their 21-foot boat capsized during a Feb. 28 fishing trip. Nick Schuyler, 24, survived, while Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper and former University of South Florida player William Bleakley perished, along with Smith.

Smith played at N.C. State from 1998 to 2001 and ranks among the university's all-time top performers in sacks and tackles for loss.

His family has established the Corey D. Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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  • FloydRTurbo Mar 20, 2009

    What's with this American compulsion for memorial services ??? People die every day from disease, accidents, "old age" et al. Most everyone leaves someone behind .... family, friends, neighbors, enemies, ex-spouses ....

    This boating accident got the usual mass media overkill (no pun intended) because of the two NFL "celebrities". How many other boating fatalities have there been since then? What great humanitarian contributions had these particular guys made to merit such outpouring of public grief?

    Go thru the daily obits. Pick someone at random amd send their family a condolence.