John "Jack" Roche

John "Jack" Roche

A Marist High School alumnus from Oak Lawn was killed after he was struck by a vehicle in Mt. Greenwood, according to authorities.

Jack Roche, 21, died after he was struck on the 11100 block of South Pulaski Road at 11:50 p.m. on July 11, authorities said. He was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) Office of News Affairs said a Honda SUV was traveling south on Pulaski when Roche walked into the street and was struck.

No charges have been filed, and CPD Major Accidents officials are investigating.

Marist officials said on Facebook that Roche, of the 11000 block of South Keeler Avenue, graduated from Marist in 2017, and his brother Patrick (Class of 2020) and sister Lilly (2021) also attended the school. Roche is the son of John and Kim Roche.

School officials mourned his death, saying they felt “deep sorrow” and encouraging supporters to “please hold the Roche Family in your prayers.”

They also said counselors would be available.

Roche was a manager for the Marist football, baseball and boys basketball programs, and he was a student ambassador and member of the string ensemble. He won the Jack Callahan Spirit Award, which is voted upon by the senior class and recognizes a graduating senior who has exceptional school spirit and a never-give-up attitude.

As a student at the University of Kansas (KU), Roche was also a football manager. KU Head Coach Les Miles posted his condolences on Twitter.

“The KU football family is heartbroken to hear of the passing of Jack Roche,” Miles said. “Jack was a tremendous, hard-working young man who embodied what our program is all about. We will remember Jack, and he will forever be a part of our family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Roches.”

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