Benjamin Murray - a sophomore at Kings High School - died Saturday from injuries he sustained from a Friday collision between his bicycle and a pick-up truck. Murray was an honor student and a member of the Kings Marching Band.(Provided photo/Journal-News)

Kings High School honor student, marching band member killed in crash

Benjamin Murray of Batavia was going to be sophomore at Kings when classes open next month.

The Hamilton County Coroner’s Office said the 14-year-old died Saturday at University of Cincinnati Medical Center from injuries suffered while he was riding a bicycle Friday that collided with a pickup truck in Union Twp., our news partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reported.

Murray, the son of longtime Kings guidance counselor Heidi Murray, was described in a notice posted on the Warren County school district’s website as “smart, funny, wise, and kind and inclusive to everyone.”

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“Ben played baritone in the Kings Marching Band and played euphonium in the Kings Symphonic Band. He was an honor student who loved being with his friends,” wrote Kings officials.

“Please keep Ben, his family and all who knew him in your thoughts and prayers,” they wrote.

WCPO reported the “Friday evening crash between Murray and the driver of a pickup on Tealtown Road left the young bicyclist with severe injuries, according to Union Twp. police.

According to Murray’s online obituary, “Ben was a brother, a son, and a friend. He was young but wise - always sharing of himself, giving more, finding the underdog and fighting voraciously for what he believed in. He was kind and forgiving, open and honest and always, always funny.”

“He learned and listened. He would share a great band he discovered, eagerly get a book recommendation and talk your ear off about the joys of a good euphonium (heck, even a bad euphonium).”

“He was aggressively himself, he owned it, and it was wonderful,” states the obituary.

Family will receive friends at Evans Funeral Home, Milford, on Wednesday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. at St. Veronica Church, 4473 Mount Carmel Tobasco Road.

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