Altus boy remembered for kind heart

Altus boy remembered for kind heart

ALTUS, Ok (RNN Texoma) - An Altus boy is being remembered for the impact he left on so many lives during his short time in this world.

We've been following the story of 9-year-old Daron Murphy since last year when he was severely injured in a car crash.

On November 27th, Daron and his mother and siblings were hit by a suspected drunk driver on Highway 62.

Daron was left paralyzed and put on a diaphragm pacer, which is the same device that was used by actor Christopher Reeve.

We kept up with Daron's recovery and covered the parade when he was welcomed home after 7 months in the hospital.
Sadly though, Daron passed away last week.

"When you lose a kid there's nothing fair about it. I believe it was meant for him to go but I just don't understand why and that's just really hard to process and deal with," said Derry Murphy, Daron's Dad.

But now Daron will be remembered for his kind heart.

"Daron was a special heart. Daron just wanted people to be happy. Daron had a way to touch people's hearts. he was just that kind of kid," said Murphy.

Murphy says Daron was your typical 9-year-old boy especially when it came to superheroes and video games. "He liked Legos, space and definitely loved the superheroes, he just had a knack for technology. he loved the challenged of figuring stuff out on games and he was good at it."

The Murphy's say they are in awe of the outpouring of support and love they have received during this difficult time.

"There is good. There is good. And the city of Altus and the people of Altus have done so much to help carry us through this horrible, horrible time. There's so many people who have become part of our family and they'll always be a part of our family," said Murphy. "Daron just wanted people to take care of each other and if you want to do anything to remember Daron just help somebody. Just be nice to somebody and make their day a better day. That's all Daron wanted. He just wanted to make this world a better place."

And he did. Daron's family was able to donate a few of his organs, adding to the legacy Daron leaves behind.

"Daron would have wanted that. He really would have," said Murphy.

The suspected drunk driver who hit the vehicle is currently charged with felony DUI causing great bodily injury. KSWO 7 News spoke to the Jackson County DA's office and they tell me they expect the charges to be amended. They are just waiting for official reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

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