Outpouring of Love at Vigil

December 10, 2012 Updated Dec 10, 2012 at 12:30 AM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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December 10, 2012 Updated Dec 10, 2012 at 12:30 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Four days after a Buffalo woman lost her life in a tragic series of events on Buffalo's east side, her community came together on a dreary Sunday night to remember the woman.

Dozens gathered at the vigil to remember Ida Murphy, known to many as "Miss Ida." Loved ones describe her as having a heart of gold, always ready to lend a hand and help those in need.

Neighbors bonding together, both crying and smiling through the raindrops, remembering Murphy in prayer and song.

Leading in prayer, a Reverend says "when we are weary and in need of strength," and the crowd replies "we remember them."

Shortly after, Murphy's loved ones sang "Lean on Me" to remember her compassionate spirit.

54-year-old Ida Murphy was killed when she was going around the block to the grocery store near Fillmore and Best on Buffalo's east side. A utility pole knocked over by a suspected drunk driver fleeing from police killed Murphy. New details revealed the officers who pulled over the suspect, Isaac Parker, shot and killed him. Those officers have been placed on leave.

The very place where Miss Ida was killed now honors her passion for life.

Pastor Pritchard, who worked with Miss Ida at church, says "The best thing we can do in remembrance of Miss Ida, is to pick-up that same mantra -- and especially in this season of giving -- to make sure that somebody else is clothed and has food on their table."

Miss Ida moved to Buffalo from Mobile, Alabama in the early 1980's. She became a volunteer at the Antioch Baptist Church.

She had four children and four grandkids. However, she also served as a second mother and role model to many more.

Ruthie Hoale, who lived across the street from Murphy for the last 15 years, says "She had at least 20-25 kids taking them to lunch during the summer. Most of all a lot of the kids are going to miss her."

Demetrius Moore, who grew-up knowing Murphy, says "I knew her all my life. I can't say nothing bad about her -- me and her used to laugh and joke all the time."

There is also outcry about how the family was treated at the crash scene.

Legislator Betty Jean Grant came to the vigil. She was in the area on Thursday during the crash. Grant told the crowd "I asked for them to be taken to the hospital, for them to wait for Miss Ida at the hospital. I was told for them to just go home. We should not treat our citizens like that."

On the morning of Friday, December 14th, there will be a wake and funeral service to remember Miss Ida at the Antioch Baptist Church.