GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM)- The 15-year old victim of a stabbing in Ada Township was set to play in his first football game Friday night.
Nick Smith is a sophomore at Forest Hills Northern High School. Varsity football coach, Jeff Rapelje, says Nick was working hard and making progress this year. Smith was stabbed several times outside a home in Ada Township Wednesday afternoon. He is currently in stable condition, but suffered critical injuries.
Rapelje says Nick had been working hard to over-come obstacles at home and in school. Nick's mom is said to be very ill and Nick was struggling with grades. He got them up enough this year and joined the football team late in the season. "He was going to get some playing time in the football game. He had been working hard in practice. Things were going in a good direction for Nick."
That's why the stabbing came as such a surprise to Coach Rapolje and Nick's teammates. They don't know why Nick was at the the home of 17-year old Samuel King. Court records show King had a prior criminal past and is expected to be arraigned on charges related to the stabbing, Friday afternoon.
As Nicks friends and teammates wait for word on exactly what happened, they hope for a speedy recovery. "The whole team is thinking about Nick and we just want him to know that we're rooting for him."