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NJ ROTC teacher apparently burned to death

11-5-13

KINGWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a teacher who ran the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program at a central New Jersey school apparently burned to death.

A passer-by told police a man was on fire along the bike path in the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park in Kingwood on Monday.

Authorities say William Murphy was dead when police arrived on the scene. The Hunterdon County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause and manner of death.

The Courier News of Bridgewater (http://on.app.com/16CLq5P ) reports the Jackson resident was the senior Naval Science instructor at Linden High School and served as ROTC commander since 2006.

About 415 of the school’s 1,768 students are enrolled in the ROTC program.

Murphy was scheduled to attend Linden’s Veterans Day parade this coming Monday.

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Information from: Courier News (Bridgewater, N.J.) , http://www.mycentraljersey.com