School News

West Catholic Prep Mourns the loss of Akyra Murray ’16

West Catholic Prep is terribly saddened to report that Akyra Murray ’16 has been confirmed as a victim in the mass shooting in Orlando this weekend.

Akyra was on a family vacation to celebrate graduation and visit her brother. A recent graduate, Akyra was a superstar who was a leader amongst her classmates and teammates. She was an honors student whom graduated third in her class, and a 1,000 point scorer on the Lady Burrs basketball team. Akyra recently signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Mercyhurst College. May God bless Akyra’s soul and provide comfort to all family and friends during this very troubling time.

At a time like this, let us work together to move beyond fear. Let us come together to find peace and strength in God, seeking comfort from our loved ones—and in our community. Grief counselors will be on hand at West Catholic Prep for all students the rest of the week.

Our hearts are broken, but together we will mourn Akyra’s loss and provide comfort to one another to honor the memory of such a wonderful young lady.

From Beulah Osueke, Head Girls Basketabll Coach: “Akyra was a respectful and self-determined young woman who served as a natural leader to her teammates and all that observed her from afar. She graduated 3rd in her senior class and led our team in scoring for the past two seasons. What she displayed in academic and athletic excellence, she also displayed with her shining personality. Losing Akyra is heartbreaking, we are currently in the process of healing as a community. This is a very difficult day, not just for the Murray family but for the West Catholic family and all that were touched by Akyra’s warmth and magnetic embrace. There is no possible way to prepare for a moment like this. We ask that you please respect the privacy of the team and Akyra’s family during our moment of sorrow.”

To contact the school concerning this news, you can reach Principal, Jim Gallagher, at 215-651-4488.