Large turnout at vigil for teen shot and killed protecting his sister

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by Crystal Cruz

azfamily.com

Posted on September 16, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Updated Sunday, Sep 16 at 10:40 AM

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PHOENIX -- There were dozens of burning candles at Marivue Park in Phoenix, to remember a teenager shot and killed Thursday.

Andrew Murphy, 16, died in the same park where the community is now celebrating his short life.

Murphy’s father has already forgiven his son's killer.

“The suspect is not my enemy because of my choosing.  But he can easily be viewed as my enemy because of his actions.  I pray that his family understands his actions changed both families forever,” said Dominic Murphy to the large crowd at his son’s vigil Saturday.

Phoenix Police officers raced to the park on Osborn and 55th Avenue and found the teenager shot in the chest.
 
Police said Murphy was trying to protect his little sister from an armed robbery at the park.

That's when police said the robber turned his gun on Murphy, killing him.

Officers caught the suspect not too far away from the park.

Christopher Winston described Murphy as like a brother.

Winston told the large crowd at the vigil the two met one day when Winston wanted to take his own life.

“He was my best friend. I never really had one until him. I was pretty lonely,” said Winston.

Friends and family described Murphy as a good kid who would do anything for his family.

“Andrew was always talking about if anyone did anything to his sisters, he was either going to get them to stop immediately or go down trying. He sure enough fulfilled that to a tee,” said Winston.

Murphy was heavily involved with his church.

His family described him as living his life preparing for heaven.

“Andrew being who he was, that kid, there is no way, there is no way, in God's almighty name that he's not going to heaven,” said Winston.

Murphy's funeral is September, 23 at Beacon Light SDA Church at 2602 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85035.

The viewing takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and services start at 11:00 a.m.

Donations are being accepted at any Wells Fargo Bank under the Andrew Murphy Memorial Fund #9178395787.
 

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