West Catholic Preparatory High School Student Killed in Orlando Shooting

West Catholic Preparatory High School Student Killed in Orlando Shooting

A star basketball player for West Catholic Preparatory High School in Philadelphia has been identified as one of the people killed in the Orlando nightclub massacre.


The death of 17-year-old Akyra Murray was announced in a post on the school’s website Monday afternoon.

She graduated just last week. The school said she was in Florida to celebrate her graduation and visit her brother.

“May God bless Akyra’s soul and provide comfort to all family and friends during this very troubling time,” the school’s statement reads.

It goes on to say a vigil is planned for Wednesday evening, with more details to be announced. Grief counselors will be at the school the rest of the week.

Her father, Albert Murray, had been posting on his Facebook page about the shooting, the search for his daughter, and the confirmation that she died.

“She was calling saying come get me I’ve been shot. Losing a lot of blood,” he wrote.

Akyra Murray had just signed a letter of intent for Mercyhurst University back on May 9th.

In a post about her signing, West Catholic said Murray scored more than 1,000 points and gained multiple All-Catholic Honors.

Along with her achievements on the court, Murray was also a standout student, graduating third in her class.

“Our hearts are broken. Together, as a West Catholic Prep Family, we will mourn Akyra’s loss and provide comfort to one another to honor the memory of such a wonderful young lady,” school officials said.

The gunman, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, was killed in the early Sunday incident during a gun battle with SWAT officers. A total of 49 people were killed.

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