Bride takes photos in wedding dress in honor of fiance killed by drunk driver

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LOOGOOTEE, Ind. (WTHR) – An Indiana bride was supposed to celebrate the happiest day of her life as she planned to marry her fiance Kendall Murphy on September 29, but instead she took photos in her wedding dress alone.

On November 10, 2017, the couple's plan to spend their lives together suddenly came to an end when Kendall, a Montgomery volunteer firefighter, was tragically killed by an alleged drunk driver.

Kendall's death touched many people in the community.

The Montgomery Fire Department "painted the town red" in honor of Kendall and all firefighters who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Kendall's mother, Katrina Murphy, contacted photographer Mandi Knepp after Kendall's death and asked to do a photo shoot on the day that the couple planned to wed in hopes that it would help Jessica through the healing process.

Mandi took photos of Jessica doing her makeup and putting on her wedding dress.

Jessica posed with several of Kendall’s belongings, including his uniform, his helmet, and his boots.

The most touching and emotional photo of all shows Jessica knelt down in front of Kendall's headstone.

During the photo shoot the community also presented letters of support to Jessica.

Kendall was one of five firefighters from Indiana honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Sunday in Washington D.C.