An unexpected trip

Tonight, I leave the state once again to be with my extended family — a trip I never expected to make. On Saturday, I lost my 15-year-old cousin Daniel, who was a sophomore in high school.

A reporter from the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote a touching story about the tragedy and how Daniel’s classmates responded at their homecoming dance, a few hours after he died. Until a few years ago, his family lived in San Francisco. My uncle taught at USF.

I plan to log on when I can, and possibly post some new material. Steve Weinberg has written another thoughtful essay, which will be up in the next day or two. But if I’m slow to respond or moderate a comment between now and Monday, you’ll know why.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Let’s Get Real

    Very sorry for your loss, Katy.

  • Katy Murphy

    Thank you, LGR.

  • Oakland Teacher

    I am so sorry to hear of your and your families loss. We will be thinking of you.

  • Pepe

    Katy, my warmest condolences. While we appreciate all you do for keeping us informed and providing a forum for dialogue on education, I’m sure everyone will understand that you need to take the time to grieve.

  • Jim Mordecai


    Time to take care of family and yourself. My condolences.

    Jim Mordecai

  • Oak261

    My condolences.

  • Michael Moore, Sr.

    My condolences and prayers.


  • http://friendsofdave.org Dave Johnston

    I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. You’ll be in our prayers.

  • Turner

    My condolences to you and your family.

  • harlemmoon


    Many prayers to you and yours.

  • Kim Shipp


    I’m very sorry to her about your cousin. My prayers will be with you and your family. Take Care.


  • TheTruthHurts

    The Truth is – Family First.
    My condolences.

  • Caroline

    I’m so sorry, Katy. My condolences to you and your family.

  • Ashley Thomsak

    So very sorry to hear about your cousin!
    Thinking of you :)

    In Community,
    Ashley Thomsak

  • Mary Pippitt Cervantes

    Saddened to hear of your loss. My prayers and thoughts will be with you and your family.
    Mary Pippitt

  • Chauncey


    My condolences to you and your family. God be with his parents and your family.

    Take care.

  • Katy Murphy

    Thanks to everyone for your kind words.

    I’m home now, grateful that I was able to spend a few days with my family — especially my aunt, uncle and their two girls, as they grieved, celebrated Dan’s memory and prepared for life without him.

  • Donna

    Katy, I finally saw the link to the Plain Dealer story. What a tragedy; I’m so sorry. You are such a dedicated reporter, but remember to take time for yourself.