Student found dead on campus at Muray State University

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Since: Aug 07

Franklin, TN

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Aug 23, 2007
 
A Murray State University student was found dead on the Murray State campus.

Just after 8 a.m. a student from Farmington, Kentucky, was found deceased, hanging behind the 800 block of College Courts apartments at Murray State University. Word of the woman's death quickly spread across campus shocking many students.

Counseling has been set up for students and staff to help cope with the loss.

Officials say they have not yet ruled it a suicide. The Murray State Police and the Calloway County Coroner continue to investigate the death.

http://www.wpsdtv.com/news/local/story.aspx...

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Since: Aug 07

murray, ky

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#2
Aug 24, 2007
 
i already sent this article in, since i do live in murray ky!
Former Murray Resident

Columbia, MO

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#3
Aug 24, 2007
 
Let's just hope this doesn't turn into another incident like the Phil Thorne "suicide" in 1985.

Since: Aug 07

Franklin, TN

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Aug 24, 2007
 
kymom wrote:
i already sent this article in, since i do live in murray ky!
cool me too.

i just couldn't find the submit article button, now i see it.
CCD

Winchester, KY

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#5
Sep 7, 2007
 
What. I am a Murray student. Who is Phil Thorne?
Former Murray Resident

Kennett, MO

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Sep 9, 2007
 
Phil Thorne may have been before your time. He was a student who was found dead at the bottom of the Fine Arts Building in 1985. Kayla Stroup hushed the issue up and ruled it a suicide. The problem is Phil was rumored to have been gay and had been receiving death threats. There was no suicide note and to this day students who were on campus believe he was pushed.
im no sheep

Cadiz, KY

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Jan 22, 2008
 
murray is a classic place for the cover ups that keep this town looking like it's crime free.

My question is this, does ANYONE believe that within 1 hour of finding a body you can make a CONCLUSIVE decision on that person's death?

Shouldnt there be some type of investigation? 1hr, and it was a suicide for sure?!?!?

Just because someone was hanged from a tree, does not mean they killed themselves. At least look around, and then make a logical, MORAL decision.

Murray has to keep it's "image".

Since: Feb 08

KY

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Feb 8, 2008
 
I don't believe she committed suicide. She had two beautiful children. I have friends that used to travel with her when she got a break from the kiddos. Everyone who knew her well was in complete shock. I realize, that's the common reaction in suicide cases... but her? No... it just didn't ring true as an outsider who had seen her in public places. I used to be a waitress at a local place she frequented. I would watch her and her kids interact (I'm one of those people that likes to sit and study people)... I just can't imagine. Leaving two kids behind? Two very well behaved beautiful children. Something didn't ring true. And you're right... this town IS all about cover-ups.
charlotte NOT IN MURRAY

Mayfield, KY

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Feb 8, 2008
 
WAS SHE WHITE? I MOVED FROM CALLOWAY NOT TO LONG AGO I THOUGHT I WOULD RAISE MY KIDS THERE IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD AREA N E WAY, MY KIDS WERE CALLED YANKEES BY THE BUS DRIVER DAILY WHICH CAUSED PROBLEMS, THEN THEY WERE SUSPENDED OFF THE BUS FOR ALMOST THE WHOLE YEAR, AND ALWAYS HAD ISS. MY KIDS WRE TREATED BADLY BY THE SCHOOL SYSTEM SO WE ENDED UP HAVING TO MOVE. RACIAL REMARKS WERE ALWAYS MADE FROM OTHER KIDS NOTHING WAS NEVER DONE . I JUST COULDNT TAKE IT ANY MORE. I WAS JUST WONDERING IF THE GIRL IN QUESTION BLESS HER HEART WAS A DIFFERENT ETHNIC?

Since: Feb 08

KY

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Feb 8, 2008
 

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No, Katie Driver was a white girl. But that was in the college. The campus police "handled" the situation. MSU's police are real bad about trying to add lace and frills.

Question: did your children attend the County or the City schools? Sometimes that can make all the difference around here on how kids are treated from different areas (yankee---(which, I grew up here but I've been a yankee ever since I moved back from an 8 year absence to Michigan where I picked up the accent))... or the way they are treated because of ethnicity. Although, I'm not trying to call you a liar or anything, but I haven't heard of any problems with kids being given ISS or a bus suspension who weren't actually doing something wrong. I realize that the reality is those situations could be hidden around here.
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Feb 8, 2008
 
Jenni K in KY wrote:
No, Katie Driver was a white girl. But that was in the college. The campus police "handled" the situation. MSU's police are real bad about trying to add lace and frills.
Question: did your children attend the County or the City schools? Sometimes that can make all the difference around here on how kids are treated from different areas (yankee---(which, I grew up here but I've been a yankee ever since I moved back from an 8 year absence to Michigan where I picked up the accent))... or the way they are treated because of ethnicity. Although, I'm not trying to call you a liar or anything, but I haven't heard of any problems with kids being given ISS or a bus suspension who weren't actually doing something wrong. I realize that the reality is those situations could be hidden around here.
i know my kids are not perfect but my twin girls were in kdg. and at one time they called me to pick my kids up they said they had lice so i picked them up and took them to dr burch who checked them both abd gave me a note to take them back to school which i did, then the secretary said well i havr to check their heads ,fine with me i said, i knew they would do that and she said oh no they have it and me and my aunt could not find anything right. so they told me take them home, i said no the dr. said they didnt have it. so they callrs a nurse from another school to come in and she checked both of my kids' hair(who are 1/2 black) and told the secretary they were fine to go to class. that secretary was so mad she had the nerve to say i know what i saw. i hate to say it but i believe it was cause they were black, no kid should ever have to go through that. it was at southwest ele.theres so much more i can tell you about my time their its ridiculous.

Since: Feb 08

KY

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Feb 8, 2008
 
Oh my goodness! Ms. Shirla??? Wow. Somehow... even though I've known her my whole life, it doesn't surprise me. Maybe it's because I have known her my whole life. I've been considering removing my son from out there. I still want him in the Calloway Schools, but I'm thinking about switching him to North. Fill me in. Tell me the stories. I'm really curious now. It seems to me, there are fewer children of ethnic background at Southwest than the other Calloway Elementary schools. Come to think of it... the Dinh's daughter and a child from Japan are about the only ones I can think of. And of course, NO ONE would say anything bad about the Dinh's children.*raises eyebrow*

Since: Feb 08

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Feb 8, 2008
 
My son was in Speech Therapy from Kindergarten until this past December (about two and a half years total). I remember Ms. Shawn telling me my son was struggling with a few words that I knew the difference between his "yankee" accent and his speech problem. He started sounding kind of "country" after his time with her. It really bothered me he was being corrected into saying words that he wasn't necessarily saying incorrectly.
Summer Driver

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Mar 25, 2008
 
I am her sister n law and murray all they wanna do is cover everything up. and i no she didnt do that herself someone did that to her.

Since: Feb 08

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Mar 25, 2008
 
Summer Driver wrote:
I am her sister n law and murray all they wanna do is cover everything up. and i no she didnt do that herself someone did that to her.
I am sorry about your loss Summer.

Maybe if enough people got together and did a "peaceful rally" to draw attention to what happened... maybe they'd do something more about it all. I know it's been a while, and it seem to some like it was "stirring things up better left alone"... but I think if it's what the family wants so they can have closure... then it's what they should have. Call papers (Murray, Paducah, etc), call t.v. stations (WPSD as well as not so local stations).
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May 16, 2008
 

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im no sheep wrote:
murray is a classic place for the cover ups that keep this town looking like it's crime free.
And it's been that way a LOOOONG time. Just try to find any records about the lynchings and fires in the 60's, or the drug scandal with a local doctor (when the clinic burnt down). The town stays dry because the bootleggers are behind the big money. Biggest bootlegger used to be right off the court square, next to a church!
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Jun 19, 2011
 
I grew up with Phil Thorn, he was odd to say the least. My grandmother used to babysit him, he liked to play with dolls and dress up. I do believe he was gay, not because of the previous statement. He also spent some time in a mental institution after a house fire killed 2 kids where he was babysitting a brother and sister. It is rumored that the boy was found under a bed with his head cut off.This is why he was sent to a menatl hospital after being found guilty of setting the fire. When he was rleased he was caught several times peeking in our windows. I attended Murray Sate when he jumped or was pushed to his death at Murray State. A very sad story for his life. He had a broken family, a brother sent to prison and a mother that drank and left him. He was a cute kid with dark curly hair and a sweet personality. Life was hard on him, so I have no doubt he could have killed himself. I have moved from KY years ago, but have often thought of Phil and told his sad story.
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Mar 15, 2012
 
I really miss Katie. I still think about her a lot.
cover up Murray State

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Mar 15, 2012
 
My daughter was in her frist year at college. She was only 19. Very good student . she was in AOTT. She loved her school and was very trusting .... to trusting. End of the year party. Thought she was with friends. Didnt usally drink. This night she did. This was the night that changed the rest of her life and her families lives. She was drugged and raped by Murrays athletes . She was passed around like a rag doll. We found out thru the team manger it was a sent up and he heard them in the locker room on how they made this date rape drug themselves. Long story short The Murray Police made sure this was covered up. She was made to feel like this was her own fault and even went as far as to tell her she could go to jail. The Cheif of police is a former Racer himself. The student advisor never truley cared about my daughter or the truth. This happened May of 2010. They drug this out until after Thanksgiving . She couldnt go on any longer she was past her breaking point. No one at that school cares about the truth, Whats even worse the Murray Police dont even care. Who do you trust? This is why young women dont report rape. They make it impossible for that person to go thru with it. I will make sure the truth is told if its the last thing I do. The school has all of their names and they dont care to get to the truth. Just so its shoved under the carpet . If you have any info please post a comment. Please help.
To Katies Family

Murray, KY

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Mar 15, 2012
 
Katie has been on my mind all day. Believe me. She has not been forgotten...
Nor do her real friends think she did that to herself. Not in a million years.
God I miss her.

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