Pallotti grad, former teammate killed in Virginia car accident

Michael Marks, 22, of Ellicott City and a 2009 graduate of St. Vincent Pallotti High School, and Warren Kraft, a student at the University of Richmond, were killed Saturday, June 15, in a single-vehicle crash in Henrico County, Va., the Richmond Times Dispatch reported.

According to the Times Dispatch, a 2014 Mazda sedan "went out of control while traveling at a high speed and struck a tree in the median" of a parkway around 2:55 a.m. Saturday. Marks and Kraft were thrown from the vehicle in the crash. Both died at the scene.

Pallotti Principal Jeff Palumbo said the school community held a vigil for Marks on Monday. According to an online obituary, the family will receive friends at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ellicott City from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 20. A funeral is set for Friday.

Marks was a 2013 graduate of McDaniel College, in Westminster, and played lacrosse at both Pallotti and McDaniel, where he was team captain, and also played football at Pallotti. According to LAX Magazine, Marks played a reserve role for McDaniel's Green Terror from 2010-13, appearing in 60 games. Kraft also played at McDaniel before transferring to Richmond.

According to a statement from McDaniel College, Marks graduated cum laude with a degree in political science and international studies. He had been accepted as an international studies graduate student at American University.

As a student at McDaniel, Marks volunteered for four years with the Tournament of Champions, helping young athletes with orthopedic, visual and behavioral needs.

Donations can be made to McDaniel College to create a scholarship for the men's lacrosse team.

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