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Naval Academy says 160 midshipmen attending funeral for Justin Zemser

The Baltimore Sun
Midshipman killed in Amtrak crash will receive full military honors.

U.S. Naval Academy officials say some 160 midshipmen from the academy's 17th Company, Sprint football team and Jewish Midshipman Club are attending Friday's funeral services for Midshipman 3rd Class Justin Zemser in Hewlett, N.Y.

The funeral will include full military honors, including a bugler and burial detail from Naval Station Groton, Conn.

Zemser, 20, died Tuesday in the derailment and crash of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia. He was en route to his home when the crash occurred. In all, eight people were killed in the wreck.

The Naval Academy Commandant, Capt. Bill Byrne, is attending on behalf of the Naval Academy administration. Marine Corps Capt. Brandy Soublet, Zemser's company officer, will provide a eulogy.

Naval Academy Jewish chaplain, Lt. Yonatan Warren, will preside over the service and serve as burial rabbi.

The Naval Academy issued a statement saying the entire academy "remains deeply saddened by the death of Justin Zemser, and we will continue to support his family during this very difficult time."

There will be an additional memorial service for the midshipmen, faculty and staff at the Naval Academy Sunday, May 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Levy Center and Jewish Chapel. This service is not open to the public.

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