Community shows support for Smiths Station teens who lost parents in shooting, standoff

Community shows support for Smiths Station teens who lost parents in shooting, standoff

LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - Smiths Station teachers are donating and raising money for two teens who lost both parents in a horrific, violent event over the weekend.

The teachers are collecting money to help the teens pay for their parent's funerals. Their father was killed when he threatened officers with a weapon, ending a nearly 5-hour standoff on Saturday. Prior to the standoff, their father allegedly killed their mother.

The horrific set of events were witnessed by the couple's two sons, and a Salem mom is now caring for the boys. Heather Simpson has known the teens for most of their lives.

"They are just shy and quiet, super smart - just really good boys - both of them," Simpson said. "They live next door to my mother, they grew up with my kids, played with my kids, went to high school with my kids."

Simpson says the boys' already difficult lives were shattered Saturday when investigators say their mom was shot by their father, Daniel Murphy, who ordered his 18-year-old son to take his mom to the hospital, where she died.

Detectives say Murphy barricaded himself inside the family's home on Lee Road 851, with the couple's other son, a 15-year-old.

"They need to be together, they are in a bad spot and we are going to care for them, we want them to have a life as any 19 and 15 years old could have," Simpson said.

When a group of Smiths Station High School teachers found out the boys had no money to pay for a funeral, they started and donated money to a GoFundMe account.

"We got everything else, they are handled, but they need help saying goodbye to their parents," Simpson said.

Simpson is not sure how much the burials will cost. She says any extra will go into an account for the boys.

Vance-Brooks Funeral Home in Phenix City is helping to arrange the services and says they will do their best to help the boys out with costs as well.

If you'd like to help in the fundraiser, click here.

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