The tragic passing of Warren Hills Regional quarterback Evan Murray has captured the national spotlight, showcasing another dramatic risk of high school football. It was announced Monday that Murray had died from a lacerated spleen, a horrific accident that was the result of a hard-hit to the stomach and a naturally abnormally large spleen on the quarterback’s part.
Yet there was another surprising, and touching, outcome that was the result of the Murray’s death. As noted by the New York Daily News, the GoFundMe account that was set up to help Murray’s family deal with the costs surrounding his passing raised more than $36,000 in a single day. As of Monday night, it had raised more than $55,000, of an enhanced goal of $50,000.
Most of the donations to the account have come in a $25-$100 increment, from individuals and families across the country. The outreach for the fund has been so successful that it may actually yield extra spillover funds, all of which will go to help pay for expenses incurred by one of Murray’s extended family members who is undergoing treatment for cancer.
“No one believed it at first. A lot of football players didn’t want to believe it.” 16-year-old Taylor Coughlin, a high school junior at Warren Hills who started the fund, told the Daily News. “It’s absolutely crazy the way everyone came together in such a short amount of time.”
Murray’s family has expressed its gratitude to all those who have donated to help ease their burden. While it can’t bring their son back, it will at least leave relieve the family from additional financial burdens and also help a fellow family member in need, a worthwhile legacy for a teen who all remembered as being friendly, outgoing and genuinely kind.