The former guard of the University of South Florida women’s basketball team died on August 27, her sister Kaitlyn Patchulke shared on Instagram. Nina, who has worked for News 9 in Wausau, Wisconsin since 2017, was 27 years old.
During a segment that went live on August 30, News 9’s chief meteorologist Justin Leow shared photos of Nina from her early days at the station, noting how well she’s adapted to life in central Wisconsin after moving from her native Florida.
“I know why I am so sad about Nina’s death, and I know why you – the viewers – are so sad too,” said Justin, crying. Because she came here and wanted to stay here. She went to the Veteran’s Cafe in Wisconsin Rapids, went to your event, and went to Cherokee Fundraising Campaign”.
And he continued, “And that’s something really special for someone to come here, from abroad, and think ‘Central Wisconsin is so nice, I’m going to stay here and I’m going to work here.