ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Naval Academy is reeling as school has dealt with a series of tragic incidents that have left two Midshipmen dead and a third fighting for his life.
On Tuesday, Navy football player Will McKamey died three days after he collapsed during a spring football practice drill. He was flown to Shock Trauma on Saturday, but the Tennessee native never regained consciousness. McKamey’s death came less than two years after the Tennessee native collapsed during a high school game in 2012.
“There are no words to describe the pain our family feels right now,” wrote Kara McKamey, Will’s mother, in a Facebook post. “However we are rejoicing that Will is now on the fields of Heaven...running the football.
“I know that we were all praying for a miracle, and we were able to see the miracle of Will entering heaven today. My friends please focus your prayers now on Randy and I and our immediate family as we deal with the upcoming days. We love you all and we are overcome with the way you rallied behind us. Will was able to change the spirit of a community, a school and a Navy football team
Also on Saturday, the Academy confirmed that a midshipman is in critical condition in Shock Trauma after sustained injuries in Assateague State Park. An academy spokesman said the midshipman was on liberty and camping at Assateague State Park with other midshipmen when he sustained a severe injury while skateboarding.
According to a website set up by family , Midshipman 3rd Class Hans Loewen, 20, of Hampstead, N.C. has several skull fractures, several broken facial and jaw bones, and internal cranial trauma and bleeding.
“The Naval Academy’s primary concern at this moment is to provide the midshipman and his family all of the support they need during this very difficult time,” said Naval Academy spokesman Commander John Schofield.
These incidents come after Midshipman 1st Class Max Allen was found dead last month inside his sports utility vehicle which had plunged in College Creek, located at the Academy.