Soccer Family Suffers Tragic Accident in South Africa

LSU's Kellie Murphy was in the car accident that killed her sister Nicole.
LSU's Kellie Murphy was in the car accident that killed her sister Nicole.
Glenn Andrews
LSU University Relations
LSU University Relations

BATON ROUGE - Tragedy hit the LSU soccer program last week as junior midfielder Kellie Murphy, her brother Brian Murphy and her sister Nicole Murphy were struck by a car in South Africa, where they were attending the 2010 FIFA World Cup with their family.

As a result of the accident, Kellie, a rising junior on the LSU soccer team, sustained a mild concussion; Brian, a sophomore at LSU, was left 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 a member of the LSU soccer team. She will be joined on the team by her youngest sibling, Danielle Murphy, who signed with the Tigers in February and will join the program as a freshman in the fall. 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.





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