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Thousands Pay Respects To Well Known Holyoke Couple

HOLYOKE, Mass (WGGB) — Thousands came together in Holyoke Thursday night to remember two lives taken too soon. High school sweethearts Moira Murphy and Brian Callahan were killed last Sunday morning in a hit-and-run car accident.

The couple were remembered the way they always were, together. With heavy hearts, thousands waited for hours outside Our Lady of the Cross Church to pay their respects to Moira and Brian.

“They were so cute. It was almost like a fairytale. It’s sad, very sad,” Holyoke High School 2010 graduate Mariah Bouchard said.

The couple’s siblings got married years ago. Moira and Brian were 2008 graduates of Holyoke High. Friends say a joint wake was only fitting for a couple who did just about everything together.

“They were always the two folks in the room that made everyone laugh and smile,” Mayor Alex Morse said. Morse attended high school with the couple. “They brought joy and happiness to any situation.”

Brian was remembered for time spent working all over the city. From a youth soccer league to the popular Dam Cafe restaurant, where per usual he spent quality time working alongside Moira.
She planned to one day open her own catering business and was remembered for her tremendous Irish pride.

“She always made our shirts for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” Bouchard said. “She was just fun and loving and always smiling, a great person.”

Most people in line said Thursday’s wake was the largest they’ve seen, reflective of the love Moira and Brian leave behind in Holyoke.

The funeral for Moira Murphy and Brian Callahan will take place Friday at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Cross Church with burial to take place at  St. Jerome Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up in Moira and Brian’s memories.
Donations can be sent to the Murphy & Callahan Scholarship Fund, c/o Holyoke Credit Union, 490 Westfield Rd., Holyoke, MA 01040.

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