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"It's my fault! I did it, I killed him!"
"Killed who?"
"My dad. They paid him to lose against Creel. But I wanted him to win. So he did because of me. Because of me. I just wanted him to come home."
"But he didn't, and he never will."
Matt Murdock and Stick[src]

The Assassination of Jack Murdock was a successful attempt by Roscoe Sweeney to eliminate Jack Murdock in retaliation for defying his orders.


"You gotta think of your family, Jack. This could do a lot of good for your boy."
"Yeah. What else are you gonna leave him when you're gone?"
"All right."
Sammy Silke, Roscoe Sweeney, and Jack Murdock[src]

Jack Murdock was scheduled to fight Carl Creel. He was meant to take a dive and lose the fight intentionally and receive a large sum of money from Roscoe Sweeney. He went on to win the fight, being cheered for the first time. He quickly changed out of his ring gear in hopes that he could get out of the arena in time before he was spotted by Sweeney's men. [1]


"You don't remember me? You killed my father."
"Well I hate to break it to you, son, but I killed a lot of guys' dads."
Matt Murdock and Roscoe Sweeney[src]

Jack Murdock decided to escape that night with his son, Matthew, so he tried to make his way back home but, sadly, he is found by his employers, who are unhappy at his betrayal. Late into the night, Roscoe Sweeney and his men shot him in an alley killing him instantly.[2]


"You know, Lexi, you remind me of a friend of mine. His dad was a boxer who got in way over his head and got himself killed. And for a long time, my friend thought his dad abandoned him, too. Until one day, he learned the truth, that his dad was actually killed because he wanted to stop being a criminal. Because he wanted his son to be proud of him."
Jessica Jones to Lexi Raymond[src]

When he heard the gunshot, Jack Murdock's son, Matthew, ran out into the street to see what happened. He was stopped by NYPD as he approached the alley. He ran up to his father and cried as he had realized that his father had been murdered. This would be a defining moment for young Matthew Murdock as it would help lead him down the path of seeking justice through his career as a lawyer and later as the masked vigilante, Daredevil.[2]

Years later, an adult Matt was persuaded by Elektra Natchios to break into Roscoe Sweeney's mansion and avenge his father's death. While he proceeded to beat Sweeney to a pulp, Matt refused to cut the aging gangster's throat.[1]