11th February, 2011
The corpse of late Nigerian soccer star, Uche Okafor who allegedly committed suicide recently in Texas, will begin its final journey to the great beyond with a wake keep slated for today.
The event holds at Sandra Clark Funeral Home Located at 6029 South R.L Thornton Freeway, in Dallas, Texas.
A family friend of the player said on a website that the wake keep, being organised by friends and family of the late player would afford his friends and members of the Nigerian community in Dallas an opportunity to pay their last respect to Okafor, who represented Nigeria in her first soccer World Cup appearance in USA 1994.
According to the source, the viewing and funeral service for the player would take place at Sandra Clark Funeral Home, while the night vigil would hold at Imperio Banquet Hall, located at 1311 Market Place, Garland, Texas.
The corpse is expected to arrive Nigeria after the wake keep, while the final burial has been tentatively fixed for 17 February at his home town of Umuabali, Ubomiri, in Mbatoli Local Government Area of Imo State.
The late player was survived by a wife; Ifeyinwa Okafor, daughter, Tochukwu Okafor, an aged mother, Philomena Oby Iyoho and a brother Chidi Okafor among other six half brothers and sisters.
Meanwhile, the Tarant County Medical Examinerâ€™s office, which is processing the corpse of the late player was yet to submit any official report on the inquest to determine the cause of the violent death of Okafor, whose family members alleged was murdered in Dallas.
A family source earlier claimed that the late player had complained bitterly about the manner in which some of his family members in Nigeria had mismanaged his business.