He’s called a “first rate protector” and Sunday, Jonathan Murphy lost his life as he tried to protect his wife and others around him during a jewelry heist at Rolling Oaks Mall.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family of the man described by police as a Good Samaritan.
The 42-year-old employee at World Car Hyundai and his wife, Aimee, were getting their wedding rings cleaned Sunday at Kay Jewelers when a couple of thieves smashed a jewelry case. One of the men was waving a gun.
Aimee Murphy told the Houston Chronicle she froze, but Jonathan immediately shielded her.
“The next thing I know, he was falling to the ground,” she told the Houston Chronicle.
His heroic actions Sunday didn’t surprise those who knew him well. The GoFundMe page states he recently sprang into action when someone tried to break into his home while his family was there.
Family friend Chris Cercone says Murphy saved the day with no regard for his own safety..
“He worked as hard and selflessly as anyone I’ve ever met and he did it all for his family,” said Cercone.
In his last act on earth, he gave all to protect and others.
Cercone says Murphy never served in the military, but he loved the Marine Corps and Harleys. He says Murphy adored his wife and their five children.
Two suspects are in custody. One is in critical condition after being shot by someone with a Concealed Handgun License and the other was arrested in Converse shortly after the botched robbery.