By Angie Thompson
ADEL -- Members of the Cook High Lady Hornets softball team will wear #11 on their visors in memory of a former player who was found dead in her dormitory room Friday at Brewton-Parker.
Nicole Danielle Biauce was 18 years old.
Scott Ray, Biauce's high school softball coach, said that he learned of her death at 7 a.m. Friday.
"We called in all the players as soon as the bell rang at school and met as a team," Ray said. "A lot of the girls are upset and still having a tough time dealing with it."
Ten senior Hornet players graduated this year, Ray said, and all of them were close.
School counselors also met with students and remain available to talk with those who continue to have a difficult time dealing with the unexpected death, Ray said.
Several members of the softball team remained close to Biauce and would visit with her when she returned to Cook County. Biauce was one of 10 senior Lady Hornets to graduate in June. Ray said she played with the softball team during her junior and senior years.
Biauce was awarded a scholarship to play with Brewton-Parker College's Lady Barons softball team. She was a freshman who played centerfield under head coach Jason Bryant at the Mount Vernon college.
According to reports, roommate Ginny Ashley, who also graduated from Cook High in May and played on the junior varsity team at Brewton-Parker, found her close friend unresponsive Friday morning. Montgomery County Coroner Joe Strickland said Monday that he had talked with someone at the GBI laboratory Friday morning and the cause of Biauce's death had not yet been determined.
"There is no greater tragedy that can occur on a college campus than the loss of one of our fine young students," Dr. David Smith, president of Brewton-Parker, said in a press release. "We all grieve for Nicole's family and for our loss."
"Our staff believes the Lord puts each of our students on this campus, and we are servants to them to mentor and guide them," said Sherrie Helms, Brewton-Parker's dean of students. "We were truly blessed to be a part of Nicole's life."
Brewton-Parker has a memorial service scheduled for today in Saliba chapel on the college's campus.
Biauce's funeral is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel of Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home in Adel with burial to follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Biauce is survived by her parents, Roger and Jackie Truett Shively of Nashville, two sisters and her grandparents.
To contact reporter Angie Thompson, call 382-4321, ext. 208.
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