An unnamed 14-year-old was arrested on Friday at approximately 3:00 a.m. after allegedly destroying Lt. Michael P. Murphy’s memorial at his namesake park in Lake Ronkonkoma.
Lieutenant Murphy was a native of Patchogue, Long Island. He served as a Navy SEAL until he was killed on June 28, 2005, in a battle between his 4-man team and over 30 Afgani fighters. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor—the first member of the Navy to receive it since the Vietnam War.
Murphy has had a destroyer named after him, as well as the aforementioned Lake Ronkonkoma-area park. In that park was placed a circular memorial stone remembering his “ultimate sacrifice for his country and our freedom.” It was this stone that the wayward teenager allegedly shattered.