Akyra Monet Murray was an 18-year-old Philadelphia phenom — a high school basketball star who scored more than 1,000 points during her career and was bound this fall for Mercyhurst University on a full athletic scholarship.
Now her former classmates at West Catholic Prep are in mourning.
"Akyra was a superstar who was a leader among her classmates and teammates," the school said in a statement. "She was an honors student whom graduated third in her class, and a 1,000 point scorer on the Lady Burrs basketball team."
Murry was in Orlando on a family vacation to celebrate her graduation and visit her brother when she found herseft at Pulse with her friend Patience Carter, a New York University student who was shot in the leg, according to Philadelphia Magazine.
"Losing Akyra is heartbreaking, we are currently in the process of healing as a community," her former coach, Beulah Osueke, said in the statement. "This is a very difficult day, not just for the Murray family but for the West Catholic family and all that were touched by Akyra's warmth and magnetic embrace. There is no possible way to prepare for a moment like this."