Unabomber News History

Copyright 1995 The Times Mirror Company

Los Angeles Times

April 29, 1995, Saturday, Home Edition

SECTION: Part A; Page 27; Metro Desk

LENGTH: 275 words


BYLINE: By Associated Press



Slain timber lobbyist Gilbert Murray was remembered Friday as a man who loved his family and would have been uneasy with the national media attention brought by his death at the hands of the Unabomber.

Murray, 47, was killed Monday afternoon when he opened a mail bomb that had arrived at the California Forestry Assn. office in downtown Sacramento. The FBI has attributed the attack to the serial killer known as the Unabomber.

More than 300 people attended the service at Mt. Vernon Memorial Park in suburban Fair Oaks, some standing outside in the rain.

Will Murray, 18, described his father as a "logical, sensible and stubborn" man who loved his family. "He taught us about everyday life. . . . I don't know what we'll do without him. He'll always be in our thoughts, our hearts. I miss you Dad. I love you," he said, choking back sobs.

Murray is also survived by his wife, Connie, and 16-year-old son Gilbert. The family lives in suburban Roseville.

The Rev. David Stare described Murray as a man others relied on.

"He would have hated that (attention) because he was a background kind of guy, a background kind of guy who had been thrown into the maelstrom," Stare said.

The family released a statement expressing thanks for "all the support we have received the last few days. Gil touched many lives, both professionally and personally."

Murray was the third person to die in 16 attacks attributed to the Unabomber since 1978. Twenty-three people have been injured.

A trust fund has been established for the victim's sons. Donations can be mailed to Gilbert Murray Memorial Trust Fund, P.O. Box 624, Sacramento, Calif. 95812.