Funeral held for Boy Scout killed by alleged drunk driver
Hundreds of people attended a funeral service Saturday for the Boy Scout who died after an alleged drunk driver crashed into a group of hiking Scouts.
Mourners gathered at Trinity Lutheran Church in Islip to say a final farewell to 12-year-old Andrew McMorris, of Wading River.
The solemn crowd included hundreds of fellow Scouts, along with McMorris' family and friends. Many wore red -- the color symbolizing deep and enduring love -- and red ribbons have been placed throughout his community as well.
McMorris was was struck by a car last Sunday while hiking in Manorville with other members of his troop. He died of his injuries. Four other Scouts were hurt.
The driver, Thomas Murphy, of Holbrook, was arrested and charged with DWI. Police say he admitted he had been drinking at a golf club before the incident.
Friends and family say McMorris had dreams of becoming a pilot, and he was a musician and artist. He was in the seventh grade at Prodell Middle School in Shoreham.
A candlelight vigil will be held for McMorris Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the field across from the Mastic Fire House.
The Scout is also being honored as far away as North Carolina, where dozens of red ribbons are hanging in the city of Cross Creek in McMorris' honor. The neighborhood was ravaged by Hurricane Florence last month and a resident from the community says one of McMorris' last missions was to collect and ship food there with the help of the Middle Island Fire Department.
News 12 is told the town is touched by McMorris' act of generosity and the ribbons symbolize the hope that McMorris helped give them.