Mr. O.J. Murdock
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Tennessee Titans player O.J. Murdock, a former standout at Middleton High School, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in front of the school, Tampa police say.

Deputies say they discovered Murdock in his car around 8:30 a.m. in front of the school.

He was transported to Tampa General Hospital and died at 10:43 a.m.

Murdock, a former wide receiver and double state sprint champion who graduated from Middleton in 2006, signed with South Carolina and played in four games for the Gamecocks.

As a high school senior, Murdoch caught 57 passes for 927 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a junior, he caught 33 passes for 835 yards and seven scores.

He was suspended indefinitely from the team in October 2006 after he was charged with shoplifting $424.50 worth of clothing from Macy's at University Square Mall.

Murdock signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and spent last season on injured reserve after suffering a right Achilles injury early in his rookie training camp, according to the team's website. He was listed on the Titans' Reserve/Did Not Report list.
Published in TBO.com on Jul. 31, 2012.
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September 1, 2019
Funny I was just typing oj n ur name came up it was a hard death miss u bro
Robert stone
June 2, 2019
Eric H.
August 6, 2012
PRAYERS & CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY...BE BLESSED!!!
JENKINS FAMILY
August 6, 2012
really sorry for your loss. our love and prayers are with you guys.. god bless you
marcel pestano
August 6, 2012
To Kelvin, Jamasena, Kerri, Sherod and Sherena and the extended family.
We the Williams family offer to you our most gracious condolences. Our hearts bleed with yours and you will always be in our hearts and prayers.
You raised a fine young man and laid him to rest in a fine fashion.
He is deserving of every acolade attributed to him. We the Williams' family grieve with you and are here should you need us.
We love you O.J. and you will always be in our hearts.
Prayerfully,
Sylvester Williams and family
Sylvester Wiliams
August 5, 2012
God be with you and your family
Patricia Palmore
August 4, 2012
Our love and prayers are with you and your entire family at this time. We know he will greatly missed by all that knew and loved him. You are in our thoughts and always in our prayers. Our church here in Omaha, NE (The Church of Omaha) has your entire family in prayer right now. God Bless You all.....Love, The Joiner Family
Jim, Susan, Michael and Sandi.
August 4, 2012
Sister Murdock,Kelvin, Kerri, Sherod & Sherena,
"The Joy of the Lord is our Strength".
Constantly think about the Joys that O.J.'s life brought to your lives as God strengthens you during this trying time.
Brown Family~ Calvary Tab. Church
August 4, 2012
MY PRAYS AND THOUGHTS GO OUT TO THE MURDOCK AND KELLY FAMILY.MAY GOD STRENGTH AND BLESS EACH OF YOU.WE HAVE LOST A GREAT LOVE ONE,JUST KNOW HE'S RESTING IN THE ARMS OF JESUS.HE WILL TRULY BE MISS.MUCH LOVE TO MY FAMILY.
R.I.P CUZ O.J
TRACY PRESHA-MOYE
August 4, 2012
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY.LOOK TO THE HILLS WHICH COMETH YOUR HELP,THAT GOD WILL YOU STREGTH TO GO THUR.MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP THE FAMILY IS MY PRAY.R.I.P CUZ O.J
TRACY PRESHA-MOYE
August 4, 2012
I can't believe he is gone... he was a great guy more like a brother to me and Kent Bly we grew up with his family... we were all like family...i just cant believe it.... my heart is with his family... wish I could have made it to say my goodbyes... my heart is there Oj... rest in peace brother....
Tameka Sparks & Family
August 4, 2012
Myeisha Laster
August 4, 2012
Earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal. To the Kelly and Murdock families, may God grant you peace in these dark hours of your life. Just know that God has not forgotten you and he will never leave or forsake you!
Jacquelyn Toy
August 3, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Coach Lee Lowder
August 3, 2012
Kerri and I worked at a local school together. She would bring "the twins" up to the school from time to time. We would encourage her to keep him off campus because he was so handsome and respectful. She would chuckle at us and so would he. Those are the fun memories I would like to share. Don't look at the last day look at the life and legacy he brought to the community.

A former co-worker of Kerri
August 2, 2012
IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS, TODAY AND ALWAYS. MAY THE COMFORT OF GODS ARMS HELP YOU THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
SABRINA, BRIAN & ELYSSA MONTGOMERY
August 2, 2012
We had the opportunity to meet OJ during his career @ Middleton High School and wanted to let you know our prayers are with the entire Murdock family. May the Lord give you the strength you need to help you through these rough times. RIP OJ! The Comer Family.
Mr. & Mrs.Tyrone Comer
August 2, 2012
PRAYER GOES OUT TO YOU'LL!
La'TONYA BEASLEY AND FAMILY
August 2, 2012
KEEP THE FAITH!
JUANITA ABNER AND FAMILY
August 2, 2012
PRAYER ARE WITH YOU'LL!
ELDER JOE & ELLA COLSON AND FAMILY
August 2, 2012
R.I.P OJ YOU WILL FOREVER LIVE ON. I KNOW YOU PLAYING ON THAT GOLDEN FOOTBALL FIELD RIGHT NOW HOMIE....WE MISS YA
RICHMOND WILSON
August 2, 2012
Stay Blessed-Trinity Makeda Gregory 'Justus as Jesus'
Colossians 4:11
Trinity Gregory
August 2, 2012
michael jackson
August 2, 2012
To kelvin family I'm so very sorry to hear about o.j. I can't even begin to understand what y'all might be going threw because I never lost a child. Hang in there god will help you along the way.
Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers
Ursula Session
August 2, 2012
Great person. Will be missed by many, but a piece of him will live with in us all who knew him. God bless
Moses
August 1, 2012
R.I.P. OJ you are truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with your Family. Much love the Jones boys KK, Otis and Oshea.
Jones
August 1, 2012
OJ you will be missed, my thoughts and prayers for the Murdock's family....
Ruthie Low
August 1, 2012
To Kelvin, Jamesena, Kerri, Sherod & Sherena: It has been a long time since we have seen you guys and my heart broke for you when I heard of O.J.'s passing. I can't even begin to understand what you are going through but my thoughts and prayers are with you. Only God and time will heal all.
Marjorie Kirkland Meredith & family
August 1, 2012
Precious memories from youth football. You all were a close group of kids. To the family, you raised an outstanding young man. Even in sadness you can be proud. OJ seemed to be a very humble and gracious person. To God be the glory. He is with the father now.
Elaine Bryant Chad's mom
August 1, 2012
Im still floored by the thought of you being gone. God makes NO mistakes and he has his hand in every situation. May you rest in Peace OJ, My sincere heart felt condolences goes to the Murdock family. When i think upon you being gone this hymn keeps coming up..

"We are tossed and driven
on the restless sea of time;
somber skies and howling tempests
oft succeed a bright sunshine;
in that land of perfect day,
when the mists are rolled away,
we will understand it better by and by.

By and by, when the morning comes,
when the saints of God are gathered home,
we'll tell the story how we've overcome,
for we'll understand it better by and by."
Ashlee Simpson
August 1, 2012
My heart goes out to O.J.'s family. I remember that wonderful smile and what a GREAT athlete he was. When he played sports with my son in middle school everyone knew he was special.
Leona Newell
August 1, 2012
god has a bigger plan for you.now you may go home.everyone will miss a great guy like you.rip
August 1, 2012
To the Murdock & Kelly Families: Our prayers are with you. No one can begin to understand why OJ's candle went out for him so soon but his candle is still shining in the hearts of those that love and knew him. Remember him as the son, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin, and friend that he was. He was always smiling, giving, sharing, and loving. It is these characteristics that we want to remember. From the Jordan and Bellamy Family.
Donna Jordan
August 1, 2012
O.J. I have never met you or even talk with you,but if you are anything like your father and from what I have read you were.Kevin and I arrived at Troy University at the same time and became good friends.Kevin was quiet, kind and everybody took a liking to him,much like the qualities I have read about you.I had talk with your Father and told him I had heard about this young talented athlete and lo and behold it was "DOC's" son. O.J. you will be miss by your family and friends.To the Murdock family I am sadden for the lost of O.J.Kevin is my brother and I too have lost a nephew.I will continue to pray for our family and trust that God will get us through this difficult time.To the Murdock family from Breck and Katrina Upshaw and family we love you,may God keep you and bless your family.
Breck Upshaw
August 1, 2012
Rest in Peace my brother. You ran a good race.
May God keep your family. Bless you all.
Rayvon Daniels
August 1, 2012
One of our own gone again. This one with so much talent. It's a heartbreaker that you're not here with us, your classmates. The class of 2006 is empty because we are missing you and mourning deeply. I never knew your personally, but I have seen and been around you a couple of times and you were cool. I hate that you had to leave that way , but sometimes things happen to teach and show us all that it's no worth it. We miss you dearly and we wish you was still here. Our prayers go out to your family and friends. Your classmate forever, Felicia M.
Felicia McDaniel
July 31, 2012
Myself & my family are heartbroken. My son Damian Mayberry played football with OJ. OJ was a big brother to my son & my son is just devastated. We were blessed enough to see all of their football games while they played at FHSU, with 17 of those games live. OJ was my favorite of my sons teammates. He was the sweetest person & had the biggest smile. He always greeted us with a hug. We were blessed to meet his Mother, Grandmother, sisters and brother when they had attended a game. Very sweet family. My son said last night that you will FOREVER live through him, OJ & he will make you proud. OJ you meant a lot to our family as a whole & you will forever be missed. God bless the Murdock family and you OJ. Rest in Peace son. We love you OJ!
Shasta Smith
July 31, 2012
Rest In Peace OJ no more tears no more pain. You will be missed greatly by family and friends. My daughter Katrina attended Fort Hays and knew you personally she said you had a great sense of humor and a fantastic personality. God Bless the Murdock Family.
Sherry Gurule
July 31, 2012
This saddens me deeply, my prayers go out to friends and family. What a handsome talented young man. Very very sad. God Bless his soul!
Carol Jackson
July 31, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about this wonderful young man. God be with you and your family.
Donna Feltner
July 31, 2012
My heart aches for the lost of this young man.Jesus and only Jesus can fill any and all voids. May life thru Christ be found for those of us without him.Dont leave here without Christ!
Tee T
July 31, 2012
O.J. WE LOVE U & Will MISS YOU So O.j....Ur Family @ LADIES OF THE SEA...RIP
RENE PANKO
July 31, 2012
We Will Miss You So O.j....Ur Family @ LADIES OF THE SEA...RIP
RENE PANKO
July 31, 2012
I LOVE U SO MUCH O.J. AND MAMA RENE WILL ALWAYS MISS U...AESHA & ROBBIE ARE IN SO MUCH PAIN...ROBBIE IS BEATING HIMSELF UP FROM LETTING U LEAVE THEM THE NIGHT BEFORE..UR GODMOM COACH AESHA BAILEY TRY TO SAVE U O.J. AS SHE TRY TO STOP U FROM BLEEDING
GIVING U CPR..SHE DEVASTATED AND SO DEEPLY HURT AS UR MOM & DAD AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY....WE WILL ALWAYS MISS THAT SMILE U PLACED ON!!!...RIP O.J......tearsssssss
RENE PANKO
July 31, 2012
I LOVE U SO MUCH O.J. AND MAMA RENE WILL ALWAYS MISS U...AESHA & ROBBIE ARE IN SO MUCH PAIN...ROBBIE IS BEATING HIMSELF UP FROM LETTING U LEAVE THEM THE NIGHT BEFORE..UR GODMOM COACH AESHA BAILEY TRY TO SAVE U O.J. AS SHE TRY TO STOP U FROM BLEEDING
GIVING U CPR..SHE DEVASTATED AND SO DEEPLY HURTS AS UR MOM & DAD AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY....WE WILL ALWAYS MISS THAT SMILE U PLACED ON!!!...RIP O.J......tearsssssss
RENE PANKO
July 31, 2012
To the family, friends and fans of O.J.our heartfelt sympathies go out to you in such a grief and sorrowful time. May God's Word through His Son Christ Jesus guide you in comfort in the Holy Spirit. God Bless.
Marcus Rhaney
July 31, 2012
My Prayer is for the family may God give them strengteh and that inter Peace that surpasses all understanding. Bro. & Sis Murdock, you were turly didicated and loving and most of all God Fearing parents.My prayers shall remain with you. Ljwan Harmon. ATL
ljwan harmon
July 31, 2012
R.I.P
angelo lee
July 31, 2012
May u rest in peace!!
Keda Heard
July 30, 2012
Love u friend b safe now u can rest in Paradise
__ dallas___
dallas mcneal
July 30, 2012
My heart goes out to each of his family members. I lost my baby brother to suicide 11 months ago in TN. It is never easy for us survivors we just have to pray and pray without ceasing.
Zina Johns
July 30, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Carolyn Bostic
July 30, 2012
Gone too soon. May your soul be at rest.
S. WILLIAMS
July 30, 2012
May your soul be at rest.
Tina Hatten
July 30, 2012
So sorry for everyone,Prayers and wishes go to all,Family and friends.
James Jackson
July 30, 2012
Earth has no sorrows that heaven can't heal. Praying that God gives the family peace, strength, and comfort in this diffcult time.
Tiffany Steadman-Beckwith
July 30, 2012
MAY GOD BLESS THE FAMILY
R WALKER
July 30, 2012
Thoughts and prayers for your family. I remember when you were just a small kid playing for Temple Terrace with my son Kenny. God bless your family!
Karen DiSalvo
July 30, 2012
Condolences to family, both immediate and Middleton family. Deeply sad.
J Colon
July 30, 2012
My prayers are with O.J Murdock's family and friends. God is your strength though this time of sorrow. Much Love from the Yant-Holley Family.
Lila Yant-Holley
July 30, 2012
I will always remember your friendliness, positive attitude, and radiant smile. Rest in peace, OJ.
LST
July 30, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Duwod Salter
July 30, 2012
May all of you find the strenght to deal with your pain in these difficult times, my prayers are with all of you.
Susan Eddings
July 30, 2012
R.I.P OJ Your are in a better place. My and my Families thoughts and prayers go out to your Family. Much love The Jones Family (Kaimarcus Jones High school team mate)
katrina jones
July 30, 2012
R.I.P FROM YOUR FORMER PRINCIPAL, HENRY SHAKE WASHINGTON
Henry Washington
July 30, 2012
Another good player gone. May you R.I.P. No one knows what a person goes thru day to day.
shenita sanders
July 30, 2012
I'm at a lost right now, we were just texting and joking around a few weeks ago. I missed the chance to see him a few day's ago, and now I'm just like wow. He was family to me. Love and will miss you "Dock"...RIP
Leroy F
July 30, 2012
R.I.P O.J Murdock,sending prayers to family and friends leaning on God for your every more comfort. Psalms 23
The Brown Family
July 30, 2012
O.J., may you rest in peace. To his family we here at Pearl River Community College send our heart felt condolence's to you. Having O.J. here was truly a joy, and we are all better for knowing him. He was a joy to be around, and he will be truly missed.
Coach Fred
July 30, 2012
May God help your family get thru this you will be miss . just pass by your mom home and said i hope he is back on feet with Football.
Alton Shedrick
July 30, 2012
RIP O.J. YOU WILL BE TRULY MISSED. MY CONDOLENCES TO YOUR FAMILY. YOUR WERE AN AMAZING ATHLETE!!
MARCUS TOMOFF
July 30, 2012
To the Murdock Family: "GOD is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble", Psalms 46:1. I cannot put into words what I am feeling right now. The only thing you, I or anyone can draw upon in times such as these is the peace that Jesus assures us of. He says " My peace passes all understanding". I know you are believers. My prayers are with you. Minister ("Coach") Bruce Bryant
Bruce Bryant
July 30, 2012
R.I.P OJ. May your soul rest in Heavan. You are in a better place and my prayers goes out to your family.
July 30, 2012
Rest in Piece O.J. my brother Tiger. My Condolences to the family.
Daniel Oquendo
July 30, 2012
R.I.P Oj Yu Will Truly Be Missed.
Teiara Ray
July 30, 2012
I feel incredibly sad for O.J. and his family, especially his niece Tiyana who is also a gifted athlete. Please know your Lomax teachers are always here for you, Ti... no matter what grade you're in. Love, Mrs. Beer, Mrs. Ward, and Mrs. Williams (plus the rest of your Lomax family)
Page Beer
July 30, 2012
May you rest in peace u will be miss I will never forget you or what you said to me. My prayers are with your friends and your family!!!!
Johneather Janae
July 30, 2012
R.i.p. And you will b miss i still got the,picture u sign for me my freshman or sophomore year wen u came up to Middleton
Dominique boy Goggins
July 30, 2012
Rest in Peace O.J. We gone miss you.
sirena mills
July 30, 2012
God Bless The Family From The Staff Of The New Black Panther Party Of Tampa Bay!
Ali Muhammad
July 30, 2012
The New Black Panther Party of Tampa Bay Send Our Condolences To The Murdock Family In the Lost of Our Dear Brother O.J. Murdock.. These Words Won't Ease The Pain But I Hope This Word of God Can...

John 14:1-4, 6-7 KJV

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
Ali Muhammad
July 30, 2012
IM SPEECHLESS RITE NOW BUT R.I.P OJ...:(
Klinda Mann
July 30, 2012
Rip Oj u will be truly missed..prayers go out to ur fam ;( #MiddletonHighstandUppp!!
Rolanda Campbell
July 30, 2012
May your soul sleep at peace now.
Frankella Crum
July 30, 2012
Rip Oj
Daisha Bell
July 30, 2012
I didn't know u but I still feel some type of way may your soul rest in peace and I'm sending all may love to your family and friends. :(
Keaira Crum
July 30, 2012
I'm sorry for your loss....my prayers are with your family
Carlos Dixon
July 30, 2012
Rest in Peace- Gone too soon! Let god be with your family and friends at this time!
Sarah S
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