Midshipman Justin Zemser remembered by US Naval Academy following death in Amtrak train derailment

The U.S. Naval Academy's superintendent says the midshipman who died in an Amtrak train derailment was a talented and highly respected young man with a tremendously bright future.

Vice Adm. Walter "Ted" Carter spoke to media Thursday about the loss of Midshipman Justin Zemser - one of seven people who were killed in the derailment Tuesday night.

"On behalf of the entire United States Naval Academy, our faculty and staff, our coaches and most especially the 4,400 strong brigade of midshipman - we would like to express our deepest sympathies for the loss of Midshipman 3rd Class Justin Zemser - to the entire Zemser family," Carter said.

Zemser was a 20-year-old sophomore at the academy. He was an English major and an academic honor student. Zemser was a member of the Navy sprint football team, the Jewish Midshipman Club and the Semper Fi Society, which is a Marine Corps club.

"As many of you have come to know over the recent hours, Midshipman Zemser was an exceptional young man," continued Carter.

"I had the opportunity to talk to his father Harold and his mother Susan," Carter continued. "I had a chance to express my personal condolences on behalf of the brigade of midshipman. And I reminded them that the legacy of this young man - Midshipman 3rd Class Justin Zemser - will never be forgotten by the brigade and that the Zemser family will forever be a part of our United States Naval Academy family."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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