Donations are pouring in to help support the family of 16 year old Shiloh Murphy.
“Shi,” as her friends called her, lived in Webster all of her short life. She was a sophomore at Bay Path Regional Vocational High School in Charlton, where she was in the top of her class studying programming and web development. Recently inducted into the National Honor Society, and a member of the school’s math team.
Shiloh died by suicide on Sunday, June 17th at her home after a long battle with depression.
A friend of the family tells THE LAKE 940 “She was well liked, and kind to everyone she met,” noting that “The Bay Path Community has been very supportive, both to the family and other students.”
Her obituary says that Shiloh also enjoyed, reading, hiking and spending time with her friends.
Shiloh’s aunt, Jena Murphy started an online fundraiser to help pay for the unexpected costs associated with the funeral.
“The family hopes that if you were planning to send flowers that you would instead send what you would have spent of the flowers to their GoFundMe account.”
So far, in just the first few days, over $4,000 has been donated.
Shi leaves her mother, Amanda Murphy and her grandmother, Julie Dell’Anna, both of Webster and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
“Amanda and her family knew there would much generosity and caring. It’s important for the family to share that any donations above the full cost of the funeral, which is around $7,800, will be put in a memorial fund to be used to keep Shiloh’s memory alive and to support local charities dedicated to suicide prevention.”
Visiting hours will be held from 9 to 10:30AM on Wednesday, June 27th at Scanlon Funeral Service on 38 East Main Street in Webster, with a mass to follow at 11 AM at Saint Louis Church on 14 Lake Street in Webster.
In addition to the GoFundMe page, a memorial fund has been set up at Hometown Bank, 4 Gore Road in Webster.
If you, or someone you know may be in crisis or feeling suicidal the family urges you to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.