As soon as Bishop Murphy heard of the tragedy that has taken the lives of three youngsters and placed two others in critical condition at NUMC, he called the parish of Our Lady of Victory at Floral Park.  The staff informed the Bishop that Father Bruno Dekrem had gone to NUMC to be with Justine Mulhall and Kelly Murphy, the two young women who were undergoing surgery to save their lives and to be of comfort to their families.  One of the priests called later to confirm that Michael Mulhall, Jamie Malone and Paige Malone had all died when their car, taking them to work at Camp Anchor, swerved off the road and crashed.

This evening, the parish will offer Mass for all five and for their families.  Bishop Murphy has assured the priests of the parish that he is praying for one and all.  He is available to the priests and to the families in any way he can be in this sad hour of their lives. He commends the three who died to God’s love and mercy and begs the Lord to be with the two who remain in critical condition and restore them to full health.  His heart goes out to the families, to all the friends of these good young men and women and to the parish that has seen too much suffering in recent times.  May Mary, the Mother of God, watch over these families and strengthen them in this hour of sorrow.  May those who have died be given eternal life and those who to date have survived soon be restored to their loving families.


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