December 11, 2005|By KELLY BREWINGTON

Michelle Murphy


Homemaker, former cosmetologist and mother of Army Spc. Kendell K. Frederick, 21, who was killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb Oct. 19 while returning from a trip off base to be fingerprinted for his U.S. citizenship application.

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Murphy has become an advocate for changing citizenship procedures for members of the military. Her son's death inspired legislation proposed Tuesday by U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings to streamline the process for those in the military seeking to become citizens.


Born and raised in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Murphy moved to Baltimore in 1987 and began working at a child care center while attending cosmetology school. She worked at a salon for 10 years before giving birth to her youngest son, after which she became a full-time homemaker. After becoming a U.S. citizen and moving to Randallstown, she made arrangements for Frederick to move from Trinidad to be with her. He arrived in 1999 at age 15. She is married to Kenmore Murphy, an auto repair technician. In addition to Frederick, her children are Kennisha, 16, Kendra, 11, and Kwesi, 4.


"I believe in doing the right thing. And I believe fighting a war for a country and not being a citizen for that country isn't the right thing. This legislation won't benefit my son anymore, but it will hopefully benefit someone else's son or daughter."

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