Michigan State fans are honoring Adreian Payne in a very Spartan way — painting a tribute to the former hoops star on the famous boulder in the middle of the school’s campus.
MSU supporters inked “RIP AP #5” on “The Rock” — a monument on the university’s campus since 1873 — just two days after Payne was shot and killed following a dispute outside of a Florida home on Monday.
The fans also painted a message on the rock referencing Payne’s touching friendship with 8-year-old cancer patient Lacey Holsworth.
“Adreian + Lacey ❤ together again,” the note read.
There were also several bouquets of flowers left near the monument, too.
Payne played at MSU from 2010 to 2014 — and helped lead the team to an Elite Eight appearance in his senior season.
Spartans head coach Tom Izzo — along with many others in the basketball community — mourned Payne’s death on Monday, saying in a statement, “Adreian was loved by his teammates and coaches, who respected his development as a player and a person.”
Payne was just 31 years old.
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