West Point Cadet Succumbs to Skiing Injury

First Captain Simone Askew, center, the first African-American woman to lead the Corps of Cadets at West Point, ceremoniously puts her hat back on as she leads the "march on" of Army Cadets before the 118th meeting of the annual Army Navy football game, Saturday Dec. 9, 2017 in Philadelphia. (Jacqueline Larma/AP Photo)
First Captain Simone Askew, center, the first African-American woman to lead the Corps of Cadets at West Point, ceremoniously puts her hat back on as she leads the "march on" of Army Cadets before the 118th meeting of the annual Army Navy football game, Saturday Dec. 9, 2017 in Philadelphia. (Jacqueline Larma/AP Photo)

WEST POINT -- Peter L. Zhu was found unresponsive by a fellow skier at the academy's Victor Constant Ski Area on Feb. 23, according to a West Point news release. He was taken to Keller Army Community Hospital and then airlifted to Westchester Medical Center.

"We lost a brother today, and the pain will be felt for a long time," said Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams.

Zhu was an accomplished cadet who was president of the Cadet Medical Society and served on regimental staff the first semester of his senior year, according to the academy. He was said to be looking forward to receiving a commission as a Medical Corps officer and attending the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences for medical school.

"The entire West Point community is heartbroken over this tragedy," said Brig. Gen. Steve Gilland, commandant of cadets. "Peter was one of the top cadets in the Class of 2019, very well-known and a friend to all. He embodied the ideals of the Corps of Cadets and its motto of 'Duty, Honor, Country' and all who know knew Peter will miss him."

The incident remains under investigation.

A memorial ceremony for the West Point community and private funeral service will be held at West Point next week.

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