72-King Squad talks about fallen police officer

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PHOENIX -- Members of Officer Travis Murphy's squad -- 72K -- held a short news conference Friday morning to talk about their fallen colleague.

Murphy's fellow officers, including his partner, who was with him the night he died, describe the 29-year-old a fantastic person, a great cop, and, ultimately, their hero.

Murphy joined the Phoenix Police Department on Dec. 19, 2005, and was assigned to the 72K Squad of the Squaw Peak Precinct. He was killed in an early morning shooting on Wednesday, May 26, just a few months shy of his fifth anniversary with the department.

He is survived by his wife, 2-year-old daughter, 2-week-old son, parents, step-brother, and a large extended family that includes members of 72K.

Visitation for Murphy will be held Tuesday, June 1, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria.

The service will be Wednesday, June 2 at 10 a.m. at Christ Church of the Valley, 7007 W. Happy Valley Road, Peoria. Interment will follow the service. Murphy will be laid to rest at Phoenix Memorial Park, 200 W. Beardsley Road, Phoenix.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the 100 Club of Arizona in Murphy's honor.

A memorial fund for his children has been set up in his name at Wells Fargo Bank.