Youngest Victim in Pulse Nightclub Shooting Pleaded to 911 Dispatcher, 'I Don't Want to Die'

Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
Akyra Murray

Akyra Murray, 18, had just graduated from West Catholic Preparatory High School in Philadelphia. She was set to play college basketball at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa. On June 12, she had traveled with her family to Orlando, Fla., and gone out to Pulse nightclub to celebrate the closing of one chapter in her life and the prospects for what was on the horizon.

She would become the youngest victim in the nightclub shooting that claimed 49 lives. Recently released 911 calls from that night have Murray calling for help, saying that she had been shot and was losing eyesight. Gunman Omar Mateen burst into the club around 2 a.m., and Murray had actually escaped but returned when she realized that her friends were still inside the club, the Daily Mail reports.


Murray and her friends got caught inside the bathroom, where Mateen found and shot them. Murray was hit in the arm.

The Orange County, Fla., Sheriff's Department on Thursday released call logs from the night of the shooting, and several entries describe Murray.


At 2:32:55, a dispatcher wrote, "Compl[ainant] adv[ises] losing feeling in her leg … Just keeps saying 'I don’t want to die today.'"

Another entry noted: "My [victim] is 18 years of age. … she is losing eyesight and feeling in her body," reads the 2.36 a.m. call log entry, according to the Daily Mail.


The frantic teen also texted and called her mom, telling her that she had been shot and asking that she come get her from the club.

"She was saying she was shot and she was screaming, saying she was losing a lot of blood," her mother, Natalie Murray, said.


Her parents drove to the club from nearby Kissimmee, Fla., frantically trying to reach the teenager.

"I just tried to tell her to remain calm and apply pressure to the wound," Natalie Murray said. "All I could hear was my baby screaming."


Natalie Murray hung up with her daughter so that she could call the police. It was the last time she would speak with her daughter.

Read more at the Daily Mail.

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