The body of midshipman Nicholas Tarr, 21, will return to the Naval Academy next week for a final goodbye from friends, family and teachers.
Tarr's family requested the young midshipman be buried at the academy with full military honors, and the academy will comply on Aug. 23.
Tarr died in the early morning on Aug. 9 after his car collided with a tree. The force of the impact split his vehicle in two, and emergency workers declared him dead at the scene.
His father William Tarr told Bay News 9 in Florida his son was not only smart and a talented athlete, but he loved to help people.
“I would have liked to have seen what he would have accomplished," Tarr told Bay News. "I know it would have been a lot.”
Tarr was the second midshipman to die while on leave from the Naval Academy this summer.
Austin Zalik, also 21, died Aug. 3 when his pickup truck rolled down an embankment and collided with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 78 in Pennsylvania.
Zalik's funeral was held in his hometown of Allentown, PA earlier this month, and he also will be interred at the Naval Academy.
A decision has not been made about whether Tarr's funeral will be open to the public.