DeMatha remembers Brendan Looney

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By Josh Barr
Friday, September 24, 2010; 5:05 PM

Third-ranked DeMatha planned to hold a moment of silence before Friday's game against Paul VI Catholic in memory of 1999 alumnus Brendan Looney, who was killed Tuesday in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan while serving a military tour. Looney was 29.

Looney played three years of varsity football and two years of varsity baseball at DeMatha. A wide receiver and defensive back on the football team, he was named the Stags' most valuable player his senior year after leading the squad to a 12-0 record and the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title.

Sophomore linebacker E.J. Levenberry, who wears Looney's former jersey No. 10, planned to have Looney's initials taped on his jersey on Friday night.

The school will hold a prayer service in memory of Looney on Saturday at 1 p.m. in its convocation center and a wake will be held there on Oct. 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. Looney's funeral will be Oct. 4 at St. John's Baptist Church in Silver Spring followed by a burial service at Arlington National Cemetery.

Looney was commissioned as an intelligence officer and later became a Navy SEAL.

Looney's two younger brothers, Steve and Billy, also graduated from DeMatha and the three started on the Naval Academy lacrosse team that lost in the NCAA tournament championship game in 2004.

Among Looney's survivors are his wife, Amy; sisters Bridget, Erin and Kelly; and his parents Kevin (a 1974 DeMatha graduate) and Maureen (who works in DeMatha's development office).

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