Sad day for Irish

Xavier Murphy, a Notre Dame graduate and intern with the football program, died of complications from leukemia Tuesday. “Our prayers and condolences go out to Xavier’s family and friends,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “By all accounts he was an exceptional and greatly loved young man who will be deeply missed.”Murphy was a senior manager for the football program last season. After earning a degree in political science, he was on campus this semester completing one course. In his role as intern, he worked closely with players and coaches. “He was with us up until about two weeks ago when he reported some back pain,” coach Brian Kelly said. “Our trainers looked at him, sent him for an MRI and found out he had leukemia. He lost his battle. The cancer had traveled aggressively. There are a lot of heavy hearts today.”

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