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Brother Rice Grad Dies During Army Service

Ryan Kennedy, who graduated from the school in 2008, will be honored as his funeral procession passes by Friday afternoon.

Pfc. Ryan Kennedy, a 2008  graduate has died. The school is asking students and and community members to honor Kennedy as his funeral procession passes by the school. 

From Brother Rice: 

The Brother Rice community will stand in brotherhood to remember the life of United States Army Private First Class Ryan Kennedy ’08 on Friday, August 10, at 1:30 P.M.  Ryan’s funeral cortege will pass Brother Rice High School at approximately 1:45 P.M.   All students, families, and friends are invited to join us on Pulaski Road as we honor Ryan’s service to our country.

Brother Rice students are asked to wear a Brother Rice shirt and come to the Main Office foyer to get a flag from the Student Council members.  Students should stand on the east side of Pulaski along the Brother Rice property.

Ryan will be waked on Sunday, August 12, at Blake & Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W. 103rd Street, starting at 2:00 P.M.  The funeral Mass will be held on Monday at the St. Rita chapel on 77th & Western at 11:00 A.M.

Margie Love August 09, 2012 at 08:42 PM
So sorry to hear os this tragic loss of such a fine young man.
Rosemary S August 10, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Ryan thank you for desire to serve; sending prayers & love to your family.
Val August 10, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I am sending prayers to Ryan's family for the strength to heal and make it through the next couple of hard days.
John Mc August 10, 2012 at 10:05 PM
We are so sorry for your loss and our country. Our prayers for Ryan and his family.
Peg August 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM
The Brother Rice student playing taps when the procession stopped in front of the school was moving. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ryan and with his family. We are very sorry for your loss.
Borninol August 11, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Hey frank! Maybe if you knew the whole story you would maybe understand! Maybe you should consider doing the same. Don't ever disrespect a soldier no matter the reason!! Next time, don't be so frank, FRANK!
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) August 11, 2012 at 03:46 PM
To Frank and others commenting on Pfc Ryan: If there is a news story, an official police report, or a press statement from the military, please DO NOT speculate or spread rumors about this young soldier, especially since he has died and is not here to defend himself. If there is something you'd like to share with me, my email address is lorraine.swanson@patch.com.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) August 11, 2012 at 06:31 PM
All I asked for was attribution where Frank and others got their info. This is a tragedy. Suicide rates of military in the Middle East wars are astronomical. http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/14369245-522/family-mourns-south-side-soldier.html
Farrell August 12, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I was saddened to read this article this morning. Hovering about 22 years of age, with his life far and wide ahead of him, this is very sad. My heart and respects go out to the Kennedys this morning.
Marki turner August 17, 2012 at 02:14 PM
RIP Kennedy it was an honor to have met you last summer while I was in Colorado. God bless you Soldier. Rest easy now
Jimmy Gravitt September 13, 2012 at 07:17 PM
I served with you and I never knew. I've been to dozens of memorials and personally know about 8 people who have died. You were the first I've allowed myself to cry over. No one should have had to see what you did, let alone at a young age.I wish I could have been there for you little bro. There wasn't a day I saw you that you didn't make me smile. Rest easy. I'll see you soon.

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