Friends, family pay respects to well-known businessman killed in New Orleans


A Schuylkill County business owner was reportedly found dead in New Orleans, and police are calling his death a homicide.

New Orleans police said the man was found dead of an apparent stab wound in a hotel room near the French Quarter, a popular tourist spot, especially now for Mardis Gras. Police are calling it a "homicide by cutting."

The man was identified as Patrick Murphy, owner of Murphy Jewelers, according to the Pottsville Republican Herald.

Murphy Jewelers was founded by Murphy's grandfather in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, in 1913. The company also has locations in Tilden Township, near Hamburg, and in Upper Saucon Township, Lehigh County.

The Tilden store had a sign posted on its door Friday that read, "Closed due to family emergency."

New Orleans police are looking for a suspect in the case. Investigators said Megan Hall, 25, is being charged with second-degree murder.

Court records show Hall has been arrested multiple times on prostitution charges.

A source told WWL-TV in New Orleans that Murphy and Hall checked into The Empress Hotel together around 2:15 a.m., and Hall left alone around 4 a.m.

Sign on door at the Murphy Jewelers in Hamburg reads, "Closed due to family emergency." @69News

-- Julia Rose (@JuliaRoseNews) March 1, 2019