Hundreds mourn Warren Hills’ Evan Murray at funeral (PHOTOS)
Hundreds of mourners packed the Faith Discovery Church in Washington Township Thursday to mourn Warren Hills Regional High School quarterback Evan Murray.
Murray, 17, a three-sport athlete and standout student, died Friday night from a lacerated spleen after taking multiple hits during a game against Summit.
Classes at Warren Hills had been cancelled Thursday to allow for the funeral. The school also made a live video of his funeral available to community members in its own building.
"We know seating is limited and wish to accommodate all as a service to the community," the school district wrote on its website. The church accommodates about 600 people.
Hundreds had gathered the day before for Murray's wake as well. Police cordoned off the area, keeping media from interfering.
Throughout the week, there have been several efforts to honor Murray.
Helmet maker Ridell has donated 7,000 decals with the Warren Hills lightning bolt over Murray’s number 18 that will be worn on the helmets of Mid State 38 and Greater Middlesex Conference players. Twenty other assorted schools and a few youth football teams have also requested the decals, according to an email from Erin Griffin, director of corporate communications for Riddell.
Countless people have expressed their condolences on Twitter, including Gov. Chris Christie and the New York Jets.