"He was a great guy; everyone liked him," says Carol Burke Swanson, director of development at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Ill., which she and Murphy both attended and where Murphy played football.
Murphy's high school teammates have launched a scholarship in his name for students who've lost a parent through death or divorce. "Patrick's parents divorced when he was young, and it really hit him hard. And now his kids are without a dad," Swanson says. "He was very family oriented, real close to his boys" Mitch and Casey.
Swanson says she was amazed at the number of Murphy's teammates who attended the school's football game the Friday after Sept. 11. "There was something about the camaraderie." A flagpole also will be dedicated at the school in Murphy's memory at the start of the next football season.
-Discuss your experiences stemming from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at informationweek.com/forum/sept11