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Services set for well-known Kentucky wrestler killed on I-65

Jordan Murphy (Source: Family photo) Jordan Murphy (Source: Family photo)

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Family and friends of a well-known Kentucky athlete are preparing to say their final goodbyes this week.

Police say 20-year-old Jordan Murphy was walking on the I-65 ramp near I-264 early Saturday morning when he was struck and killed.

"We got a knock on the door about 6:30 in the morning from the police department and whenever the police department shows up at your door at 6:30 in the morning, you know something is not right," Nick Murphy, Jordan's father, said Sunday.

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Nick Murphy never expected the news to be about his son. He says it still isn't clear why he was walking along the interstate.

"He left his car at home and rode with people and what happened after that no one seems to know," Murphy said.

Jordan was a sophomore at U of L studying accounting and finance.

Despite being in his second year of college, it was his first on the Louisville campus. Jordan attended school his freshman year in Iowa.

"He had moved back to the area and had gotten an apartment by himself because he really wanted to concentrate on his grades," Murphy said.

His father says Jordan was smart and driven -- even scoring a 32 on his college ACT exam. He was also a well known athlete with humble beginnings.

"When he was in high school he was not a very good athlete, but he wanted to be a state wrestling champ," Murphy said.

Through hard work and determination he did just that, spending up to six hours a day practicing.

He graduated from John Hardin High School in 2010 as a wrestling standout in the state of Kentucky.

"We were always very proud of him," Murphy said.

Jordan Murphy's visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown.

His funeral will be held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.

He is survived by his parents, two brothers, and one sister.

As for the car that struck Jordan , police say the driver wasn't under the influence of drugs or alcohol. No charges are expected to be filed.

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