Expectedly, the Pottsville community is expressing shock and grief over news about the murder of businessman Patrick J. Murphy.
Murphy was found dead in a New Orleans hotel room Thursday afternoon. Police there are currently on the lookout for the woman they suspect is guilty of killing him.
Back home, news spread quickly of his death. Many are taking to social media to express their feelings about his death:
The Pottsville Area Lady Tide soccer team posted this on its Facebook page:
Here’s a remembrance from Mazz’s Corner Cafe in Frackville. It shows Murphy taking in an Eagles game at the restaurant and bar.
Here are some other reactions from around the area:
We’ll be sure to add more reactions as they come in to us. Please feel free to share your thoughts on the news in the comments below.
Murphy in Pottsville
It seems there wasn’t a place in Pottsville you could go without running into Pat Murphy.
He’s most known for his family’s jewelry story on West Market Street in Pottsville. It’s been there since 1913. And he’d been running the business for decades now. As the downtown rotted away, his store seemed oblivious to that. It’s always bright and vibrant.
At some point in their lives, most people in Pottsville and Schuylkill County have visited that store downtown.
Pat Murphy also seized on the opportunity presented by Cabela’s moving to the area, just outside Hamburg. Right around that time is when he purchased land near that store and built a second location for his business, at Route 61 and Interstate 78.
He was a tireless and creative promoter of his businesses, too. For the longest time, you couldn’t turn on T-102 without hearing his voice. And his roadside billboards are attention-getting, for sure.
In addition to his business work, Murphy also showed a loyalty and dedication to Pottsville.
Murphy was instrumental in organizing and promoting the initial round-the-clock American Cancer Society Relay For Life events in Pottsville.
Also, he was a fixture at any Pottsville Winter Carnival events.
He was also a former member of the Pottsville Area School District board of directors.