Ex-Navy, DeMatha Athlete Killed in Afghanistan

Thursday, Sep 23, 2010  |  Updated 1:59 PM EDT
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Navy Seal Pays Ultimate Sacrifice

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Brendan Looney as a member of the Naval Academy lacrosse team. (Baltimore Sun)

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Navy Seal Pays Ultimate Sacrifice

Craig Melvin reports that DeMatha graduate Brendan Looney, a Navy Seal, died in Afghanistan.
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A former DeMatha Catholic High School football and baseball player who went on to play lacrosse for Navy was among the military personnel killed in a Blackhawk helicopter crash in Afghanistan Tuesday, the Baltimore Sun reported.

The NavyLax.org said that Looney, who was a 2004 Naval Academy graduate, was among the military who were killed in the Blackhawk helicopter crash. Seriously injured in the crash was Andrew Dow, a 2007 Naval Academy graduate, who was transported to a hospital in Germany.

Navy sources told NavyLax.org that Dow's SEAL team was relieving Looney's SEAL team and they were performing "a joint-turnover familiarization flight."

The crash is believed to have been accidental.

Looney, of Silver Spring, didn't play lacrosse at DeMatha. He graduated from the high school in 1999 and went to Navy to play football -- he played wide receiver and defensive back in high school -- but he switched to lacrosse as a sophomore. His brothers, Billy and Steve, also played lacrosse for Navy, the Baltimore Sun reported.

He was planning to return to DeMatha in early October to deliver a motivational speech to the football team.

Looney is survived by his wife, Amy; his parents, Kevin and Maureen Looney; his two brothers; and three sisters, Bridget, Erin and Kelly.


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