December 29, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Naval academy cadets hold up the flag during the playing of the national anthem before the start of the game between the Navy Midshipmen and Arizona State Sun Devils at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Navy Midshipmen gather to honor teammate who died, another who is hospitalized

It’s been a rough week for the Navy Midshipmen, after the death a football teammate, and having another classmate hospitalized with severe head injuries. Today the midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy gathered to remember their fallen brother and to pray for recovery of the other.

The Academy posted pictures on their Facebook page, along with a moving statement.

“Some say that ‘it is in life’s roughest storms that we find our strongest anchors.’ For the Brigade of Midshipmen, we find those anchors in each other. Hundreds of Mids gathered in Tecumseh Court this morning to pray for and celebrate the life of our shipmate lost, Will McKamey, and one still fighting, Hans Loewen. In addition, Midshipmen gathered in support of the McKamey and Loewen families.”

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Freshman football player Will McKamey, 19, of Knoxville, Tenn., had to be airlifted after collapsing in practice, and died Tuesday at Baltimore Shock Trauma. He had undergone surgery for bleeding and swelling on the brain.

Hans Loewen, 20, of Hampstead, N.C., suffered head injuries on Saturday while skateboarding at the Assateague Island National Seashore, and has been hospitalized at the same unit where McKamey passed away.

All of us at Fansided offer our heartfelt sympathies to the families involved and all the men and women of the U.S. Naval Academy.

[Source: USA Today Sports]

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