Hundreds honor Des Moines teen killed in crash

(DES MOINES, Iowa)  Hundreds gathered at Des Moines Lincoln High School Tuesday night, to remember Malik Rucker, who was killed in a traffic accident Sunday night on Highway 5.   

The Des Moines School District posted a number of pictures from a vigil held to honor Malik, who was a senior at Lincoln.


(DES MOINES, Iowa)  Des Moines Lincoln High School posted the following on it's Facebook page today (Monday).

Lincoln senior basketball player Malik Rucker passed away in a car accident on Sunday, April 8. Malik was scheduled to graduate this spring.

Malik was involved with many different things at Lincoln High School. He was a leader of the student section and a baseball player as well. Rucker’s big personality leaves the entire southside and Lincoln community with heavy hearts. The support he showed his fellow classmates was unmatched in his time at Lincoln.

Malik’s impact on the Lincoln Basketball program was substantial as he always put the program ahead of himself. He had many different roles within the program and attacked each one of them with enthusiasm and engaging positivity.

An announcement on Malik’s funeral arrangements is forthcoming. In the meantime, a Go Fund Me account was created through the Rails Basketball Booster Club to raise money for his family during this difficult time. Please visit this link.

The Iowa State Patrol says 46-year-old Famous Rucker lost control of the SUV he was driving on an icy bridge on Highway 5, just after 8 p.m. Sunday.   The vehicle rolled several times.   Malik, a passenger in the vehicle, died at the scene.  Another passenger, 46-year-old Aisha Rucker was injured in the crash and taken to a local hospital.  The driver was not injured.

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