Bride goes ahead with wedding as tribute to fiance who died months earlier

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The photos included Padgett and her family surrounding Murphy’s grave, his firefighter gear, and a superimposed photo of him with Padgett. | Facebook/Mandi Kneep.

An Indiana woman was determined to memorialize the man she was supposed to marry after he died in a tragic accident months earlier.

Jessica Padgett, 25, and Kendall Murphy, 27, got engaged during a tour of the University of Notre Dame football stadium, the BBC reported. They had planned a wedding for Sept. 29.

But Murphy, a volunteer firefighter, was responding to an accident scene last November when he was struck by a Dodge Ram pickup truck, according to local authorities.

So Padgett decided to go ahead with the wedding anyway, and visitedMurphy’s gravesite on the planned wedding date — in the dress she had ordered earlier for the event. The wedding party, their families and other volunteer firefighters also attended.

Jessica Padgett was set to marry Kendall Murphy, a volunteer firefighter, on Sept. 29. | Facebook/Mandi Kneep/Loving Life Photography

Jessica Padgett was set to marry Kendall Murphy, a volunteer firefighter, on Sept. 29. | Facebook/Mandi Kneep/Loving Life Photography

Murphy’s mother asked wedding photographer Mandi Kneep to attend and take photos.

Kneep’s tear-jerking images show Padgett and family members surrounding Murphy’s grave; Padgett with his firefighter gear; and a photo of her with a superimposed image of him.

The photos have gone viral.

The bride kneels by her fiance’s grave. | Facebook/Mandi Kneep/Loving Life Photography

The bride kneels by her fiance’s grave. | Facebook/Mandi Kneep/Loving Life Photography

“Kendall was an amazing guy. A very loving, compassionate man. He would lend a shirt to anybody,” she told the BBC.

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