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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