Bride poses for wedding photos after alleged drunken driver killed firefighter groom

Bride poses for wedding photos after alleged drunken driver killed firefighter groom

Jessica Padgett took her wedding photos alone after her fiancé was killed by an alleged drunk driver past year.

Jessica Padgett made a decision to honour their wedding day by visiting the grave of her husband-to-be Kendall James Murphy, a firefighter who was killed in a auto accident in November past year, aged just 27. He had stepped out of the vehicle to retrieve his protective clothing, which was when Blake rear-ended another truck with his own, which eventually kept moving forward and hit Murphy. Mr Murphy died immediately.

Murphy was a volunteer firefighter killed in the line of duty. Alcohol, speed, mobile phone use and driver distraction were cited in a law enforcement report as factors in the crash.

Katrina Murphy, Kendall's mother, approached photographer Mandi Knepp after his death and asked if she would do a photo shoot with Jessica on the day they planned to Wednesday.

Kendall's mother came up with the idea for Jessica to take wedding photos to help with the healing process.

"It was very emotional, I had to break for a second because I was crying so much from that", she said.

Knepp told WXIN that she agreed and would do anything to help.

Ten months after his death, she put on her white dress and got her hair and makeup done. She then posed with cherished memories of her fiance - his firefighter uniform, helmet and boots and sunflowers - which they had planned to use on the day.

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The photos have since been shared over 26,000 times on Facebook. But, you know, if you miss them you were BLESSED. "It means you had someone special in your life, someone worth missing". 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. "She walked with the Universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings".

The site of Murphy's grave.

"I've been dreading this day for a really long time". "And I still wanted to contribute to my wedding day".

The photoshoot has helped to bring Ms Padgett and Mr Murphy's family some closure. In pictures she posted on October 7, Padgett and her loved ones can be seen wearing matching red shirts that had "Kendall Murphy" printed on the front.

Kendall Murphy was honoured at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service in Washington DC.

The town also honored Murphy at the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department.

Jessica's photos have touched many people after going viral on Facebook, racking up thousands of reactions and comments.

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