Stars and Stripes
By Chad Garland
20 Jul 2018
Michael Murphy's mother was crying early Friday when she called his father to say that the damage felt to her "like they killed Michael all over again."
The Suffolk County Police Department is investigating the recent act of vandalism that took place at Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Park in Lake Ronkonkoma. (SUFFOLK COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT FACEBOOK)Police arrested a 14-year-old boy and charged him with vandalism on Friday after a memorial to a slain Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient was found smashed to pieces at a Long Island lake.
New York state will pay to replace the stone, inscribed with the image of Lt. Michael P. Murphy and his Medal of Honor, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said earlier in the day. The new stone is expected be nearly impossible to shatter.
Cuomo said in a statement he was "appalled and disgusted" by the vandalism, promising the state would fully fund the replacement.
"I hope this brings comfort to his family and community," the governor said. "The people of this state and this nation owe Lieutenant Murphy a debt of gratitude, and I personally thank him for his service."
Marcus Luttrell, a former Navy SEAL who served with Murphy and wrote about his heroism in his book "Lone Survivor," also donated money for a replacement, said Murphy's father Daniel Murphy, who got the call from the governor's office about a replacement stone on Friday.
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