In recent months, two other members of the team have died in other accidents one in a freak skiing accident, and another in a car crash. As I wrote a few days ago:
A Navy spokesman said that Capt. Edward G. Miele died from a medical emergency Monday. It was the third midshipman death caused by an accident in two weeks.
He was 28 years old, and a sophomore, in the midshipman class of 2015.
He was a standout defensive lineman on the football team who would routinely rush back from an injury.
He was one of seven midshipmen killed in the 2012 collapse of a roof from which a drunken sailor killed two and injured 14 others . A U.S. intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity told the publication:
The incident is considered a potential act of suicide, meaning that these are people who have killed themselves, not accidents. . . . That’s the case with most deaths,” [the intelligence official said] “Even though it’s a potential suicide, it’s still clearly suicide.”
Now, the Navy is reporting that Miele committed suicide. I talked to his girlfriend yesterday, whose name was withheld, who told me she and her husband had to deal with his constant bad attitude.
“He was always fighting my brother,” Miele’s girlfriend told me. “He never stopped fighting him. He just wouldn’t stop.”
Later this week, Miele will be buried in a military cemetery near Portsmouth, Virginia.
The family has asked that those in attendance on Friday to leave flowers for Miele.