Yes, he is the grandson of THAT Charles Keating, which the pretend news didn’t really mention.
CBS 5 – KPHO (embed code didn’t work, but video is at link)
Athletes and parents at the state high school track meet in Mesa paused to pay their respects to a former track stand-out who was killed while serving in Iraq.
There was a moment of silence Wednesday in honor of Charlie Keating IV, a Navy SEAL who died during an ISIS attack on Kurdish forces. Keating was assisting the Kurdish troops as a military adviser.
The 31-year-old sailor graduated from Arcadia High School in Phoenix in 2004. He competed in the Arizona Interscholastic Association championships as a long-distance runner all four years, said Arcadia track coach Rob Reniewicki.
“He’s an American hero in the truest sense,” he said.
Reniewicki, who coached Keating and his younger brother, led the moment of silence at Mesa Community College and said a few words about his star athlete.
“I said I wanted him to be remembered for his service to our country, for his big smile, just know he’s going to be missed,” Reniewicki said.
Reniewicki also spoke about the moment Keating made up his mind to join the military — after track practice the morning of the attacks on Sept. 11.
His grandfather, Charles Keating, Jr., served time for his role in the savings and loan mess of the 1980’s.
Also from KPHO:
Keating’s grandfather, Charles H. Keating Jr., who died in 2014 at age 90, served prison time for his role in the costliest savings and loan failure of the 1980s.
The scandal also shook the political world. Five senators who received campaign donations from the elder Keating were accused of impropriety for appealing to regulators on his behalf in 1987.
The grandfather went to prison when Charlie was young, and other children reportedly made fun of him.
“What happened in the past, I really don’t care. I’m really close to him,” the younger Keating told The Arizona Republic in 2004 when he ran in the Class 4A state track and field championships in suburban Phoenix.
That’s where his grandfather watched him compete for the first time.
May he rest in peace. Truly an American hero, as his coach said.