Memorial Fund Established For Nags Head Officer's Family

A memorial fund has been set up for the family of a police officer who died in the line of duty last week.

Sergeant Earl Murray was killed Friday morning in a car accident as he was responding to a breaking & entering call.

The Town of Nags Head says the Kimberly P. Murray Fund has been established with BB&T. People wishing to donate can do so at any BB&T branch.

Sgt. Murray was the first officer in the town's history to be killed in the line of duty. He had 26 years of law enforcement experience, including the last 12 years in Nags Head.

A Dare County lawman was killed while on duty Friday.

Nags Head Police Sergeant Earl Murray, age 48 of Kitty Hawk, died in a one-vehicle accident on South Croatan Highway.

Below is the news release from the town of Nags Head:

"It is with incredible regret and sadness that the Town of Nags Head announces that Sergeant Dulan Earl Murray, Jr., 48, of Kitty Hawk, was killed at approximately 3 a.m. this morning in a one vehicle accident in the 3000 block of S. Croatan Highway near Nags Head Elementary.

While responding to a residential breaking and entering call for service, Sergeant Murray lost control of his vehicle, left the road, and came into contact with a power pole. He died at the scene.

“This is a devastating loss to our community,” said Nags Head Mayor Renée Cahoon. “Earl Murray was one of the finest, most dedicated officers we’ve ever had. More importantly though, he was one of the most dedicated family men we’ve ever known. We are so much better off for having known Earl. This loss is just indescribable.”

“I’ve known Earl for over 20 years,” said Town Manager/Public Safety Director Charles Cameron. “He was one of the most admirable law enforcement officers I’ve ever known. Earl was a wonderful father and husband, and had a true love for his fellow man. My thoughts and prayers remain with his entire family as they go through this time of unimaginable grief.”

Sergeant Murray, employed with the Town since February 1997, has over 26 years of law enforcement experience. He is the first officer in the Town’s history to be killed in the line of duty.

Sergeant Murray is survived by his wife Kimberly, and his daughters Paige and Samantha.

The Town asks that the family’s privacy be respected during this terrible time.

The Town wishes to express its appreciation to the many local law enforcement and fire departments who have and who are continuing to assist the Town of Nags Head during this tragic time.

North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating this incident.

A viewing for Sgt. Murray will be held Monday, May 18 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Twiford's Funeral Home at 500 Budleigh St. in Manteo.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 19 at 2 p.m. at Holy Reedemer Catholic Church at 301 W. Kitty Hawk Road in Kitty Hawk."

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  • by Blue line Location: Martin on Jun 6, 2009 at 03:49 AM
    R.I.P brother in blue.
  • by Timothy Story Location: Roanoke Rapids on May 24, 2009 at 02:23 PM
    I didn't know him but wish his family and friends all our love and respect! He will always be in our heart!
  • by Mmmmm Location: ex-obx res. now in Texas on May 23, 2009 at 12:42 PM
    My heart was ssddened to hear about this, I hope NCDOT will wake up now and do something about the bypass. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this fine officer.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 19, 2009 at 11:38 AM
    That is so sad. I feel terrible for the Murray family and the people who knew him and liked or loved him. It's ashame that somebody had to pass away while they were just doing their job. Why do the good have to die at such a young age? My wife who is from down there knows his family very well and she and her parents were saddened by what happened. Our thoughts and prayeers go out to the family and friends of Earl Murray and also the town of Nags Head.
  • by Alfred on May 18, 2009 at 09:42 PM
    Nags Head has lost a great friend and law enforcment has lost a big brother. I had chance to work with Earl and he helped alot of people in alot of ways. Prayers to the family and we miss you Earl.
  • by Ofc. J. Hunchard Location: New Smyrna Beach Police Dept, Florida on May 18, 2009 at 12:51 PM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you Sgt. Murray. May you rest in peace. Thank you for your dedicated service. God bless your family and friends.
  • by shawn Location: manteo on May 17, 2009 at 09:02 PM
    I worked with Earl for 3 years and I can truly say the world lost one of the 'good ones'. Earl loved his two girls to death and was a devote family man. As a supervisor he was nothing but class and as a fellow officer, he always had time to listen and offer advice and help with problems. Earl you were one of the best people I have ever met in this line of work and you will be truly missed. My deepest condolences go out to Kim, Sami Jo and Paige. Rest easy my friend and know that the boys in blue have the watch now. I look forward to the day we can see each other again. Until then 105 is 10-42
  • by Just a girl Location: wmst on May 17, 2009 at 10:00 AM
    God Bless this family, My thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • by Dare County Resident Location: Dare on May 16, 2009 at 09:57 AM
    I went down the bypass this morning while it was raining and there was significant ponding on the road where the accident happened. In fact, from Whalebone Junction to K-Mart, water collected on the road every few car lengths and it has been that way since the bypass was opened 30 years ago. How many engineers does it take to admit that water does not run uphill? This death was preventable. Earl is not the only person to die because of rain standing on the roadways in Dare County and if changes are not made, he will NOT be the last. As citizens of Dare County, we need to call DOT every day till they change the slope of the roadway. This is the first Nags Head Officer lost in the line of duty. Maybe now DOT will sit up and take notice that they have a big problem with their design of the roads.
  • by Sami Jo Location: Kitty Hawk on May 16, 2009 at 07:04 AM
    Thank you for such a touching story. We've watched it over and over again. My name is Sami Jo Murray, I am his oldest daughter and just want to send a huge thank you to everyone who has helped my family through this tragedy. The community, police force, family, and friends have been an amazing group of support and it is greatly appreciated.
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