David M. Murnane, Salisbury University senior

December 16, 2008|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

David Michael Murnane, a senior at Salisbury University who enjoyed sports, died Dec. 9 of undetermined causes at his off-campus residence. The Arnold resident was 21.

"We have been told that it may have been a seizure, but we are awaiting the results of an autopsy as to the cause of death," said his father, Michael Murnane of Arnold.

He was born in Tucson, Ariz., and moved to Annapolis with his family. He played varsity lacrosse and wrestled at Archbishop Spalding High School and graduated in 2005.

He was studying for a bachelor's degree in economics and history at Salisbury University at the time of his death.

Mr. Murnane had worked as a lifeguard at several Annapolis pools during the summer months. He was an avid reader and enjoyed snowboarding and jet skiing.

"He was known to all as a kind and thoughtful person who was always willing to help others," his father said. "He will be remembered as a true teammate, loving son and brother, and a friend to many."

The elder Mr. Murnane praised his son's "quick wit" and enjoyment of "debates and discussions."

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis.

Also surviving are his mother, Jennifer Murnane; a sister, Erin Murnane of Arnold; his paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Downs Murnane of Edgewater; his maternal grandmother, Nancy Trem of Hemet, Calif.; and his maternal great-grandmother, Alice Ester, also of Hemet.

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