Vigil held for missing Sam Houston State student


The candlelight vigil was a tribute to a young man whose disappearance is still a mystery. It was held in the parking lot of Rookies Sports Bar off Sawdust Road. That's where Thomas "TJ" Murray, Jr.'s truck was last seen just after midnight on October 19, 2011.

As the candles glowed, the tears also flowed as many attendees took turns offering impromptu prayers for Murray. The 24-year-old Sam Houston State student disappeared shortly after an altercation and was asked to leave at a second bar. His cell phone was then found in a ditch.

His family says not knowing what happened makes it even harder.

"It was great seeing so many people come out to honor TJ but at the same time, it's so sad. It's been a year but it feels so fresh. It feels like it was yesterday and I think that makes it harder," Murray's cousin, Justin Snyder, said. "It's just still not knowing after one year, it's frustrating and it makes it really hard to heal."

Investigators do suspect foul play was involved.

A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his whereabouts. If you have any information, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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