USNA mourning loss of another midshipman

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WMAR) -- The United States Naval Academy is mourning the death of a 21-year-old midshipman killed in an auto accident in Florida.

Nicholas J. Tarr, a member of the 26th Company and a general science major at the academy was killed after injuries sustained in an accident near Iverness, Fla. on Thursday. The crash is being investigated by authorities in Florida.

"The naval academy family is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Midshipman Tarr," said naval academy superintendent vice administrator Michael Miller. "His family and friends are in our thoughts at this very difficult time, and we will take great care to remember, celebrate and honor his life when the brigade returns for the fall semester."

"Words seem so inadequate to describe the sense of loss we feel in losing another member of our Naval Academy family so suddenly. We at Annapolis are brothers and sisters spanning generations of tradition,
camaraderie and sacrifice for more than 160 years. As we grieve the loss of two of our shipmates, we will persevere and continue in solemn service to our nation."

Tarr was a member of the Semper Fi (Marine Corps) Society and the oceanography, mountaineering and math clubs.

Information about funeral services is not available at this time.

Tarr's death marks the second for the United States Naval Academy this week. Midshipman Austin Zalik died on August 3rd while on leave in Pennsylvania.

Academy officials say chaplains and staff members from the Midshipmen Development Center are available to the brigade cope with their losses.

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