Marine Corps officials were in Rockport Thursday evening to notify the family of Matthew Holloway he had been killed that morning while in service with the USMC in Iraq.
Two representatives from the USMC sought assistance from the Rockport Police Department in locating the young man's parents. When they arrived in the city, however, they discovered the address is a motel, the Rod and Reel.
Sheriff Mark Gilliam heard the call on the scanner regarding locating the owners of the hotel and responded to the call.
Upon arrival at the hotel, Gilliam said he accompanied officials to the business office to ask about the Holloways, not knowing they manage the motel.
Matthew's father was in the office when the group arrived. Officials met with both Holloways to give them notification of Matthew's death.
Holloway, a 2002 graduate of Rockport-Fulton High School, was a punter for the Pirate varsity in 2002, the year they won district with a 10-0 record.
Editors note: Information about Holloway's death was received at press deadline Thursday. More information will be provided in the Wednesday edition of The Rockport Pilot.