Georgetown Lacrosse Player Dies

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Edward Blatz Jr. | Courtesy Georgetown University Athletics.

Updated at noon, April 26.

Georgetown University undergraduate Edward Blatz Jr. passed away early Sunday, according to an email sent to the Georgetown community by Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson.

On April 26, Aquita Brown, a public affairs specialist for the Metropolitan Police Department, confirmed to The Georgetowner that the death which occurred April 24 at 1401 33rd Street NW was that of Edward Blatz, Jr.

Blatz, 21, was a junior in the McDonough School of Business and a member of the men’s lacrosse team. From Garden City, New York, he is survived by his parents, Edward Sr. and Anne Marie, and his two older sisters Elizabeth and Jessica.

The 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sunday Masses at Georgetown’s Dahlgren Chapel were held in Blatz’s memory. At the earlier service, students and faculty filled the chapel and lined the sides and the back of the church; many more stood outside in the courtyard. Father Raymond Kemp urged the congregation to hold one another close.

The Georgetown University Athletics Department released a statement Sunday quoting Kevin Warne, head coach of the lacrosse team: “Eddie was a great young man who was well-respected and well-liked by his teammates and the Georgetown lacrosse family. He was a very bright student and a talented player and words cannot express the loss we are feeling right now.”

On Sunday, a person familiar with the case said that the deceased was a Georgetown student and that the accidental death may have been caused by a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol.

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