Funeral for Philly Victim of Orlando Shooting Is Today

Akyra Murray had just graduated from West Catholic Prep. She was 18.

A funeral service is being held today for Akyra Murray, the Philadelphia teen victim of the massacre in Orlando on June 12th. She was the youngest victim of the 49 shot dead at Pulse nightclub.

It was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. this morning. The Inquirer reports mourners were streaming into Monument Baptist Church at 50th and Locust streets in West Philadelphia by 8 a.m. for the viewing.

Murray, 18, was a 2016 graduate of West Catholic Prep. She had signed to play basketball at Mercyhurst University this fall.

The family has approved a Gofundme page to help with funeral and other expenses. It reads:

Akyra was a stellar student-athlete, powerful leader, and carrier of great hope and ambition. Her selflessness inspired her teammates and all who observed her from the sideline whether in games, in the classroom, or in her everyday life. This account has been created to offer the family financial support in this time of need. Akrya’s parents will be withdrawing all funds raised on the campaign.

We appreciate the outpouring of love that has transcended local, national, and international barriers. We thank all that have offered their support thus far, and ask that you continue praying for the emotional and spiritual well-being of the Murray family. Thank you all for your loving spirits and generosity. God bless.

Tiara Parker, Murray’s cousin, survived the attack. Patience Carter, a Fox 29 intern, was with Parker and Murray and also survived.

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