After being reported missing on Wednesday, the former defensive tackle of Notre-Dame Louis Nix III was found dead on Saturday. Nix was 29 years old.
Nix had been missing in the Jacksonville area since Wednesday, last seen Tuesday. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office pulled a car out of a pond near Nix’s apartment that matched his vehicle description on Saturday night.
Nix was shot dead in December during an attempted armed robbery at a gas station in his hometown Jacksonville while he was putting air in his car tire. The bullet in his chest left Nix in the hospital for almost two weeks, and some of his fragments remained in his sternum and left lung.
“I know that sounds cliché, but more more than anything, I’m happy to be alive, ”Nix told Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune in mid-December.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office did not indicate that the shooting was in any way related to The death of Nix.
Nix was the defensive backbone of Notre Dame’s undefeated 2012 regular season. Then a junior he started 11 games and led all Irish defensive linemen with 50 tackles and managed a five-pass break. As this defense allowed 10.3 points per game in the regular season, it was Nix who held the point of attack and, more often than not, penetrated it.
When No.17 Stanford scored the first goal from the 4-yard line in overtime in October, it was Nix who stood up to prevent Cardinal’s running back Stepfan Taylor from reaching the goal line. On the first try, Nix absorbed the lead blocker’s helmet …
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