Friend leads fundrais­ing for crash vic­tim’s heart­bro­ken fam­ily

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - MARK MCNEIL mm­c­neil@thes­pec.com 905-526-4687 | @Markatthes­pec

The vic­tim of a High­way 6 crash on Thurs­day was a fa­ther of three young girls with a fourth child on the way, a close friend of the fam­ily says.

The friend, Kristin La­marre, has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the fam­ily of Mark Mur­phy, 33, of Bin­brook, who did not have life in­sur­ance, she says.

In ad­di­tion, an on­line auc­tion has been or­ga­nized that will be­gin Wed­nes­day at 6 p.m. through the So­cial Club Women’s Bou­tique Fit­ness Stu­dio on Bin­brook Road. To make do­na­tions or re­ceive in­for­ma­tion about the auc­tion, email la­marre.kristin@gmail.com.

Mur­phy was driv­ing alone in one of two ve­hi­cles in­volved in the 1:30 p.m. head-on crash near Glan­caster Road. The sec­ond car had two oc­cu­pants who both sur­vived and were taken to hos­pi­tal.

La­marre says Mur­phy was re­turn­ing home from his job as a labourer at Cores­lab Struc­tures in Dun­das.

“The only in­for­ma­tion we have is that it was not dis­tracted driv­ing. His cell­phone was in his pocket and his bag was zipped shut be­side him. Ev­ery­thing else is just spec­u­la­tive,” she said.

Mur­phy leaves his wife Ni­cole — a re­hab nurse who re­cently re­turned to work af­ter a ma­ter­nity leave — and daugh­ters Charlee, Maken­zie and Abi­gail. A fourth child is ex­pected to be born be­fore Christ­mas.

“We’re hop­ing to get across the great love that Mark and Ni­cole shared,” La­marre said. “They had some­thing that every­body else strives for. It was some­thing that was re­ally special.”

La­marre said Ni­cole is “too heart­bro­ken” to speak to me­dia.

“She is such a lov­ing, car­ing per­son. We just want to make sure we can help her in ev­ery way pos­si­ble.”

Mur­phy grew up in New­found­land and met Ni­cole there. She was from On­tario and liv­ing in New­found­land for a cou­ple of years, said La­marre.

They both shared a love of base­ball — and the Toronto Blue Jays — and de­cided to marry and move to the Hamil­ton area, set­tling in Bin­brook.

La­marre said Mur­phy’s fu­neral will be base­ball-themed. It will take place Thurs­day at 11 a.m. af­ter a 10to-11-a.m. vis­i­ta­tion at the Bay Gar­dens Fu­neral Home, Wil­liam J. Markey Chapel, 947 Ry­mal Rd. E.

The GoFundMe site says, “Ni­cole and her three beau­ti­ful lit­tle girls lost the love of their lives, and while they are strug­gling to cope with this hor­rific loss, we are try­ing to en­sure that they have one less thing to worry about by eas­ing the financial bur­den on them at this time.”

By 11:30 a.m. Mon­day, the fundrais­ing web­site — www.gofundme.com/help­forthe­mur­phys — had raised more than $28,000.

GARY YOKOYAMA, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Emer­gency ser­vices at­tend the scene of a fa­tal col­li­sion Thurs­day on High­way 6 in which Mark Mur­phy, 33, died.

Mark Mur­phy of Bin­brook was the fa­ther of three chil­dren and had a fourth child on the way.

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