A basketball family: The Murrays

Published: Jan. 15, 2019 at 10:49 PM CST
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"This one right here is probably the biggest reason I stayed." Kenyon Murray says, while looking at his wife Michelle. "We met each other and it was love at first sight. If I wouldn’t have met her I wouldn’t have all this. It was definitely worth coming to Iowa and staying in Iowa."

After marriage Kenyon and Michelle wanted a family

The twins came first, Kris And Keegan. Kris was born first so he was named after Kenyon’s college teammate Chris Street who was tragically killed in a car accident.

"It is a daily reminder of the friendship that I had. He knows how special it is and I think he’s doing a good job of representing the name." Murray said.

After Chris and Keegan, McKenna was born. She will be the next star athlete in the family.

The Murray’s decided to add one more to their family adopting Demetrius Harper 7 years ago. Demetrius was a star athlete at Prairie at the time and went on to play college football at Coe.

"We talked a lot about it. We prayed about it. It was the right thing to do." Murray said. "Seven years later we are still here."

Demetrius had a rough family life before meeting the Murrays and it changed his life forever.

"They have taught me some things I am going to pass on to my family. One of my first tattoos I got says family first." Harper said. "The most important thing is family and just the things that they teach you on a day-to-day basis."

Demetrius will play arena football this year for the new Cedar Rapids River Kings.

One thing that has been a constant is Kenyon coaching his twin boys. He has been on the bench through out their high school careers as the assistant coach at Prairie.

"Sometimes I’ve cheated on criticism a little bit more than praise just because I didn’t want them to settle. I know they are not me they are a different player than I was." Murray said.