ANNAPOLIS — The United States Naval Academy has confirmed that a midshipman died during the semi-annual physical readiness test.
The Naval Academy identified 21-year-old Duke Carrillo of Flower Mound, Texas as the midshipman that died on Saturday.
Carrillo collapsed during the 1.5 mile run portion of the PRT. Initial responders provided exhaustive resuscitation efforts and he was rushed to Anne Arundel Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Circumstances surrounding the cause of his death are under review.
The Naval Academy posted on Facebook: "The Naval Academy is deeply saddened to confirm that a midshipman died this morning during the semi-annual physical readiness test.
The Brigade of Midshipman, staff and faculty were notified of the midshipman’s death this afternoon. Out of respect for the family’s privacy, the identity of the midshipman was being withheld for 24 hours after next of kin notification.
The Naval Academy is supporting the midshipman’s family, friends, and loved ones during this time of grief. Grief counseling services and support are available to midshipmen, faculty and staff through chains of command, our chaplains, and the Midshipmen Development Center."
Upon completing a year at the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, R.I., Carrillo and his twin brother, Dylan, reported to Annapolis for the Class of 2022’s Induction Day on June 28, 2018.
Duke was a Quantitative Economics major and had earned a 4.0 last semester. He was a member of the 24th Company, an avid intramural athlete, and a member of the Naval Academy’s Flight Training Squadron, VT-NA.
He had served as a Naval Academy Summer Seminar squad leader this past summer, and had aspirations of being a naval aviator.
“Duke was an active member of 24th company; he was able to have a special and close relationship with each of his classmates and company mates,” said 24th Company Officer Lt. Sara Lewis. “I am honestly able to say he was friends with everyone and uplifted those around him. Due to his calm and loving personality, he will be especially missed in 24th company.”
He is survived by his parents, Gerald and Jennifer, and his brothers Dylan and Jake, who are both Naval Academy midshipmen. Dylan is a youngster, or sophomore, in the Class of 2022, and Jake is a plebe, or freshman, in the Class of 2023.
This story is developing and will be updated as more details become available.