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JCU mourns last weekend’s losses

Professor’s son passes away in ATV accident
September 24th, 2009
Paul Murphy’s son, Daniel Murphy.

Paul Murphy’s son, Daniel Murphy.

The 15-year-old son of a John Carroll University faculty member died in an ATV accident this past weekend.

Daniel Murphy, son of Paul V. Murphy, JCU’s director of the Institute of Catholic Studies, and Marcia Leous Murphy, was a sophomore at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, where he was a member of the crew team.

Matthew Previts, head coach for crew and director of information systems at St. Ignatius, said, “Murphy was an exemplary oarsmen, friend and young man. Our lives were enriched by his presence.”

According to Lt. Chris Viland of the Solon Police Department, Daniel was one of four teens involved in the ATV accident that occurred on Saturday, Sept. 19, in Solon, Ohio. Daniel was declared dead when Solon police arrived on the scene after a 9-1-1 call was placed at 3:35 p.m.

One of the other teens was life-flighted to MetroHealth Medical Center for injuries to his leg and head. The other two teens involved feeling at this time. However, we are, above all else, people of faith who know that our beautiful son Daniel is in Jesus’ hands today.”

The family also extended gratitude for support from John Carroll, Gesu parish, St. Ignatius High School, the Beaumont School and others.

JCU was quick to organize a prayer service on Sunday for both Murphy and JCU sophomore Frank Kinmonth who died on campus that morning.

St. Ignatius Principal Peter Corrigan Jr. said, “Daniel was a quiet leader who showed his heart through his work. He loved being a student here and wasn’t afraid to show it. He was often seen wearing Ignatius sportswear after school, on and off campus.”

Previts recalled the day he met Murphy during his freshman year at St. Ignatius.

“I met ‘Murph,’ as we called him, on Aug. 28, 2008,” said Previts. “He was the first freshman waiting outside my office door. He was there to express his interest in rowing for crew. That was Murph, first one there, last one to leave.”

A funeral mass was scheduled for Murphy at 10:30 a.m. today (Thursday) at Gesu Church.