Published: Thu, October 11, 2018

Bride visits late fiancé’s grave on would have been their wedding day

Bride visits late fiancé’s grave on would have been their wedding day

Kendall James Murphy was a firefighter from Montgomery Indiana, who was tragically killed in a vehicle accident in November 2017, aged 27.

The grieving bride who knelt at her fiance's grave, got dressed in her wedding dress and held a ceremony on the day they were supposed to get married.

Murphy, 27, was assisting at the scene of one auto crash on a November 2017 night when he was struck and killed by another motorist - also a volunteer firefighter, Fox 59 reported.

As Kendall opened the passenger door of his auto to get his protective gear, he was struck by the speeding vehicle and died immediately.

It was supposed to be the happiest day of her life, but turned out to be one of the most painful. Her aim was to help Jessica heal while honouring Kendall at the same time.

Murphy was a volunteer firefighter killed in the line of duty.

To Padgett's surpise the whole wedding party ended up at the two-hour shoot. "I had to take a break for a second because I was just crying so much from that", Padgett recalled.


"I was very emotional" says Padgett, however the shoot helped to bring closure along with the presence of her family and friends.

Since the shoot, photos have been shared on social media resulting in a flood of responses. She held in her hands Murphy's boots that he wore everyday, while Murphy was edited into the picture to look as if he were standing right next to her.

The site of Murphy's grave.

"I wanted to be where he was at".

Then, at the gravestone of her late fiancé.

The Murphy and Padgett families attended the National Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland to honour Kendall on October 7.

The Montgomery Fire Station and St. Peter Catholic Church helped "paint the town red" to honor Murphy. Before his death, the couple have already booked photographer Mandi Knepp of Loving Life Photography to take their wedding photos.

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