Funeral arrangements announced for UofL student struck, killed while walking on interstate

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 25, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 27 at 2:24 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The University of Louisville student killed while walking on Interstate 65 will be laid to rest on Wednesday.

“Exactly why he was in the roadway has yet to be determined,” says Alicia Smiley with LMPD.

According to officials at the university, Murphy was a transfer student who was studying business.

“It’s a very sad day for the university. It’s always sad when you lose a family member. Our hearts go out to his family and his friends,” says U of L spokesman John Drees.

Shock spread throughout the campus on Saturday. Student Courtney Neal says, “It was upsetting and sad. School had just started a week ago.”

Drees tells WHAS11 Murphy was seen at an off campus party before the deadly accident.

 “There was an off campus party and we were told he was at that party. When he was there we don’t know. We don’t know if it has any relationship to this or not.”

Drees says the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity threw the party near Lincoln Avenue, which is about a mile from where Murphy was killed.

Drees says the university does not police off campus events, “we can’t police every party. We do count on our students to be responsible.”

The 20-year-old was a graduate of Hardin County High School and was an avid wrestler. He had just started his junior year.

Police say the driver did stop and LMPD does not expect to file any charges in this case.

Murphy's visitation will be from 3 p.m.until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown.  The funeral will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home.

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