LSU Students Struck By Car in South Africa; Family in Need of Help
June 23, 2010 at 9:46 PM CDT - Updated August 27 at 12:41 AM
BATON ROUGE – LSU students Kellie and Brian Murphy, and their sister Nicole Murphy, a student at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, were struck by a car several days ago in South Africa, where they were attending the FIFA World Cup soccer event.
As a result of the accident, Kellie, a junior at LSU, sustained a mild concussion; Brian, a sophomore at LSU, is in critical condition in a hospital in South Africa; and Nicole, a medical student, was killed instantly.
The Murphy family is incurring extremely high expenses as they work to bring their injured and deceased children home to Lafayette, where they reside. In particular, there are concerns about health-care and repatriation costs, as it is unclear what will be covered by the family's insurance policy, since they were in another country when the accident took place.
For those who would like to make a contribution to assist the Murphy family, a fund has been set up through Home Bank. The account number for the Murphy Family Support Fund is 2057873802. A check can be dropped off at any Home Bank location (account number must be included) or can be mailed to:
Home Bank Account #: 2057873802 Attn: Murphy Family Support Fund P.O. Box 81459 Lafayette, LA 70598
There are three Home Bank locations in Baton Rouge, for those who prefer to drop off a check in person:
16969 Old Jefferson Hwy at Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70817, 225-364-2900 10563 S. Glenstone Place at Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70801, 225-364-2901 5302 Corporate Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70809, 225-300-8399
The Murphy family has a total of six children, five of whom are currently enrolled at or have graduated from either LSU or the LSU medical school. Kellie Murphy is also a member of the LSU soccer team, and the youngest Murphy sibling, Danielle, is scheduled to attend LSU in the fall as a freshman and a soccer player. The four youngest Murphy siblings were attending the World Cup with their father when the accident took place.
Funeral arrangements for Nicole Murphy have not been finalized at this time. Nicole, 24, was entering her third year of medical school at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and was a graduate of the University of Tampa, where she was a member of the soccer team.
The LSU Student Health Center/Mental Health Service is providing grief counseling for members of the LSU community who have been impacted by this tragedy. Please call 225-578-8774 to set up an appointment. The Health Center's summer hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.