Severna Park soldier is killed in Iraq

September 24, 2006|By Kelly Brewington | Kelly Brewington,Sun reporter

Pvt. Eric. M. Kavanagh, 20, of Severna Park, was killed last week while serving in Iraq, according to his family.

Private Kavanagh loved music and playing the guitar, said his family, speaking through the Barranco & Sons Severna Park Funeral Home. He was killed Wednesday, and details about his death were not available. The family declined to speak to reporters.

Raised in Severna Park, he attended Folger McKinsey Elementary School, Severna Park Middle School and Chesapeake High School. Later, he worked at the Maryland Pennysaver then enlisted in the Army.

"He was a great kid," said Severna Park neighbor Diana Wilson, whose son, Kyle, was a childhood friend of Private Kavanagh's. Her son was "devastated" to learn of his death, she said.

The pair used to spend summers playing video games or crabbing by the pier behind Private Kavanagh's house, which backs up to Old Man Creek off the Magothy River, she said.

"He was kind of silly and funny," said Wilson. "He and Kyle had a good time together."

Judith Reid, who lives a few doors down from the Kavanaghs, said she remembered how excited Private Kavanagh seemed when she saw him during one of his morning jogs, shortly before he left for the Army last year.

"I had the impression that he was happy that he had such a job to do," she said. "He was very handsome, and he was always smiling as far as I saw. He looked every bit a soldier that morning when I saw him for the last time -- fit and ready to give himself."

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Barranco & Sons Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Private Kavanagh was the fourth member of the military from Maryland to be killed in Iraq in the past two weeks.

On Sept. 12, 2nd Lt. Emily J.T. Perez, 23, of Fort Washington in Prince George's County was killed while on duty in Al Kifl. Her funeral was yesterday.

Navy Petty Officer David Sean Roddy, 32, a Harford County native, died Sept. 16 while attempting to disarm a roadside bomb near Hadisa in Al Anbar province.

Army Sgt. David J. Davis, 32, of Lisbon died Sept. 17 in Baghdad of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations in Sadr City.

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