The University of New Mexico football team, in addition to invited guests, gathered on Friday for a memorial at the Tow Diehm Facility for Nahje Flowers, a 21-year-old Lobo defensive lineman who died unexpectedly on Tuesday morning.
In all, about 150 people attended a service that lasted roughly 75 minutes. Several UNM football players spoke at the event, that also included a video and photo montage of Flowers, said Frank Mercogliano, UNM assistant athletic director of communications.
Coach Bob Davie postponed his Friday media availability, as did Lobo football team captains Alex Hart, Trent Sellers, Kyle Stapley and Aaron Blackwell in the wake of the canceled practice. The 2-7 Lobos are off Saturday and resume practice on Sunday to prepare for their Nov. 16 game at No. 21 Boise State.
Flowers, a redshirt junior from Los Angeles, is expected to have a memorial in L.A. and many of his teammates and friends were concerned they would not be able to travel to attend, so they wanted to have an event in Albuquerque, Mercogliano said.
In the wake of Flowers’ death, the Lobos’ home game against Air Force, originally scheduled for Saturday, has been rescheduled to Nov. 23 at noon at Dreamstyle Stadium, the Mountain West Conference announced on Wednesday.
No details have been given regarding Flowers’ death. Albuquerque Police ruled out signs of foul play or criminal activity when APD began investigating, APD spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said on Tuesday.